Four local students to go to Puerto Rico

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BENNINGTON — While the details are still being worked out, discussions are under way to send a group of students and faculty from the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center to assist with relief work in Puerto Rico.

The group would be made up of three students from the building trades program and one from the video production program, along with two chaperones. The trip will take place in mid- to late March, although the exact dates have not been finalized, nor has the precise location of the build that they will be working on. CDC Superintendent Michael Lawler credited Jim Goodine with spearheading the trip, and said fundraising was being done in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.

"They'll spend approximately a school week in Puerto Rico, depending on when they'll get there and where they'll be, at what build site," said Lawler. "There are a lot of moving parts to it, but I can't think of a more meaningful opportunity for students to visit abroad and visit an area that is in great need of help. And then to have our video productions program video that and bring it back here to share with our community and our board, I think that's pretty powerful."

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.

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