Cedar­town Mid­dle con­tin­ues project to help Nicaraguan stu­dents

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A re­mote com­mu­nity in Nicaragua will now be­come a bit more mu­si­cal thanks to the ef­forts of Cedar­town Mid­dle School stu­dents.

The on­go­ing mis­sion of one school help­ing an­other con­tin­ues as the Mid­dle School Bull­dogs this year were able to send march­ing band equip­ment down to Kayasca, Nicaragua, where stu­dents in the school now have march­ing band instrument­s and equip­ment to play.

Stu­dents lo­cally raised $1,500 dur­ing the Mid­dle School’s Change for Change drive in Novem­ber 2018.

Cedar­town Mid­dle School Me­dia Spe­cial­ist Laura Cox said the stu­dents in the small Nicaraguan town were happy with the do­na­tions.

“They are go­ing to be dili­gent about learn­ing to play, so that they can per­form for (Jen­nifer) Tucker and her group when they visit the school again this June,” Cox said.

Tucker, a sev­enth grade math teacher, joined oth­ers from the Polk County com­mu­nity and her church to head to Nicaragua on an an­nual mis­sion trip. She ini­ti­ated an out­reach pro­gram to help the youth of Kayasca and pro­vide lo­cal stu­dents with an op­por­tu­nity to learn to give back.

Be­tween 2016 and 2018, the school raised enough from do­na­tions from var­i­ous fundrais­ers to help build, fur­nish and pro­vide sup­plies for the Kayasca’s new school.

So the com­mu­nity with­out ve­hi­cles, elec­tric­ity or run­ning wa­ter will soon at least have a band to keep res­i­dents en­ter­tained.

Those in­ter­ested in help­ing Cedar­town Mid­dle’s ef­forts to help in Nicaragua can con­tact the school at 770-749-8850.

Camp An­ti­och and Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful teamed up to cel­e­brate both Ge­or­gia Arbor Day and Ge­or­gia Bap­tist Mis­sion Day by plant­ing North­ern Red Oak saplings around the camp and the com­mu­nity.

/ Con­trib­uted

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