A recent Rossland Secondary graduate is hoping to raise funds for the Honduran school where she recently lived.
Holly Heximer will be doing a presentation on Friday, Jan. 4 about her three and a half months in Honduras.
While there, Heximer volunteered at a school and worked with special needs students in the village of Roatan.
“I was working at the local school and had my own small class of three special needs kids,” Heximer said, who were in grades one and two.
She went down there to the island of Roatan two years ago with the Interact Club, and used those contacts to go down again.
She said it was a drastic transition going from living at home in Rossland, to living alone in Honduras.
She said when she graduated last year she didn’t want to go back to school right away, so the trip was a chance to do something different.
“It was a really great experience, it was pretty hard, but it was good,” she said. “It was a good learning experience for sure, and it changed my views on education. It’s a very different culture down there too. “
The schools that Heximer taught at deals a lot with those affected by AIDS.
“My contact, who I had in Honduras, she runs the school and the AIDS clinic,” she said. “A lot of the kids in school, their families are affected by AIDS, so she runs the sponsoring of the children. A lot of the kids that go to the school are sponsored.”
Volunteers go down there to work in the clinic, but her contact thought it might be better for her to work in the school and help the kids out, though she did some work with the clinic as well.
“I’ll be fundraising for the school and will have a whole bunch of pictures from my trip,” she said. “I’ll be talking about my trip.”
She said a lot of people have been asking about the trip, so she thought it would be a good chance to make them aware of the school and fundraise as well.
“It’s pretty hard to just explain in a couple sentences what I was doing,” she said.
She described the school as pretty run down, with little money.
The experience affected her in many ways.
“I think it makes me want to try harder in school,” she said. “In moving on in school, it makes me value being able to go to school and just education in general. It doesn’t make me want to be a teacher, that’s for sure.”
She said she realized teaching is really difficult.
Heximer’s presentation is at 8 p.m. at the Miners’ Hall on Jan. 4, and is by donation. There will also be some raffle draws for some crafts from the country.