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Local students set for Mission to Nicaragua

— The next venture of the North Country Mission of Hope will include six local high school students.

Students from Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene and Willsboro school districts will join youth from throughout the North Country, traveling to Nicaragua to help those in need.

Students will include Bridgett Blood, Megan Hall, Corinne White, Sam Politi, Emily Morris and Brody Hooper.

According to organizers, Mission of Hope is a humanitarian group based out of Plattsburgh that was established in 1998 by Sister Debbie Blow in response to devastation wreaked by Hurricane Mitch. Having found an impoverished people in great need, the Mission of Hope began and has been increasing in mission and strength ever since. Having many goals, the Mission distributes food, medicine and clothing to those in need. Clinics, orphanages, and schools are also directly helped by the Mission through donations and labor. Construction of home shelters are also an ongoing endeavor of the Mission.

The need is great in Nicaragua as it is the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere. In Nicaragua, there is no Salvation Army or Red Cross to go to in times of need. The government provides little assistance in the form of aid and education. Residents are on their own in their needs.

To help with the cause, the local youth have planned a fundraising dance that will take place Friday, Jan. 18, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School auditorium. Admission is $3 for ages 12 and older with proceeds going to raise funds for home shelters. Music will be provided by a young aspiring group of musicians from Saratoga named Vontus. The band will be performing at no cost.

Along with the dance, the students have planned a 50-50 raffle that has already begun with tickets also being sold at the door on the night of the dance. The winner will be drawn near the end of the dance.

For more information on the Mission, visit missionofhope.org.

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