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In Costa Rica Working over February Break

AMherst students pose in front of school


Twenty-seven Amherst Central High School students spent their February break doing landscape and painting work at an impoverished remote school in Costa Rica as part of a service project.


Spanish language teachers Christopher Banas and Michelle Bernardi took the students back to the Agua Azul School for the second year in a row to do beautification projects at the school. Last year, the students painted the entire two room school house top to bottom, inside and out.


This year, the students did backbreaking landscape work to remove tropical bushes from around the school and painted doors, walkways and fences to beautify the school grounds. During the trip, they were able to use their Spanish language skills daily in conversations.


They did have some fun as they:

- taught the Costa Rican kids with some of the toys and games they brought for them

- played soccer with the kids at the community field in Agua Azul

- hiked down to the La Fortuna Waterfall

Students pose in Costa Rica - saw monkeys, toucans, tree frogs and sloths in the wild

- tried new foods

- learned about volcanology and geology when enjoying the hot springs