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October 11, 2018 Hurricane relief trip taking shape
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A community service trip for Mid-Prairie students to help aid victims of Hurricane Florence is starting to take shape.

Amy Shalla, alternative learning center principal, and Matt Freel, high school and middle school behavioral interventionist, presented details to the school board Monday night.

Freel said that after checking all vehicle options, the most feasible would be to utilize three school vehicles for the trip rather than renting them.

“I spoke with Teresa (Hartley, Mid-Prairie transportation director), and she said we could take three school vehicles because that is a slow time for sports,” Freel said. “It would save us some money.”

The estimated cost of renting three vans was approximately $1,500. They also determined that chartering a bus would not be feasible because groups of students would be working at different locations simultaneously.

Freel also said that the original destination of Jacksonville, N.C., had been changed to Baoufort, N.C.

Freel said that Ann Street Methodist Church in Baufort already had lodging available for relief workers and have about 100 homes that need to be worked on.

Shalla told the board that total expenses for the trip, if school vehicles were used, would be about $4,200.

“We estimated about $10 per day per person for food,” Shalla said. “But we’ve already had people say that they would donate food for the trip.”

She added that any leftover funds would be donated directly to hurricane relief efforts.

Shalla also said that originally they had considered bringing both student leaders and at-risk students on the trip.

However, given the limited space, she said that they will focus primarily on at-risk students.

“It’s important to help them find something they can be successful at,” Freel added.

The group will leave at 6 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 25 and return on Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. That week was selected because students would miss only four days of school because it is the week after Thanksgiving.

Superintendent Mark Schneider told the board that funding the trip would be on the Oct. 22 meeting agenda as a possible action item.

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