POTSDAM - While their friends and classmates will be going to the beach, shopping, watching movies and just hanging out this summer, Lindsey A. Martin and Kylie J. Matott will be spending 10 days in the Dominican Republic, doing their part to help make the world a better place.
However, in order for the girls to make it to the Dominican this summer, they need the publics help raising money to cover the cost of the trip.
Its $2,200 each and that doesnt include airfare, Ms. Matott said, explaining the girls will travel to the Dominican for 10 days from Aug. 12-21.
The trip, which the girls are doing as part of their senior project, almost didnt happen.
Kylie got information on it and wanted to go, but she kind of gave up because her parents werent going to let her go alone, Ms. Martin said, adding it was after hearing that Ms. Matott wasnt going to be able to go on the trip that she got involved.
I kind of brought it back up after I got permission from my parents, Ms.Martin aid.
After knowing that she wouldnt be traveling alone, Ms. Matotts parents also agreed and agreed to let the trip happen.
Ms. Matott said the idea all started from a catalog she received in the mail earlier this year.
I got a catalog in the mail for it, and Ive always wanted to do it, but my parents werent going to let me, she said. Weve never really traveled out of the country before.
To help raise funds for the trip, the girls have organized a school-wide dress down day, where students, faculty and staff can dress down in exchange for a donation to help offset the trips cost. The girls have also sent letters seeking donations out to their friends and family members.
A deposit of $1,000 each is due June 15, with the remaining cost due on July 1. As for the air fare, the girls said they can purchase their plane ticket anytime.
Both girls said they expect to be pushed out of their comfort zones during the experience.
Well be working with Haitian refugees, mainly children who were relocated after the earthquake, Ms. Martin said. Its a lot of community service, and we thought it would be a different kind of project.
Ms. Matott said shes looking forward to the challenge.
Its going to be hard. Theres going to be a lot of hiking and were going to be building a school out of recycled soda bottles, she said. Im not really used to that kind of work.
If you would like to contribute toward the cost of the trip, donations may be mailed to Potsdam High School; 29 Leroy St., Potsdam NY 13676 by the last day of school, June 8.
Checks should be made out to: Global Leadership Adventures.