Local students prepare for service trip to Puerto Rico after devastating natural disasters


As Puerto Rico struggles to rebuild following natural disasters, students in Lansing are ready to help in any way they can.

For the first year Everett High School’s Latino Club is partnering with MSU for an educational journey to Puerto Rico.

Five high school students from Everett High School will join graduate students and undergraduate students from MSU’s college in the Arts and Humanities, for a six day trip to the U.S. territory.

High school senior Salomon Torres says it’s more important than ever to give back.

“You can have a plan but something can go wrong at any time. Something that’s out of your control,” Torres said. So what I think is really nice right now is that we can go out there and help people that need help.”

The trip will consist of events focused on learning about restorative efforts across the island.

For many of the students it’s the first time being far away from Lansing.

MSU sophomore student Onostee Morell, says it makes having this opportunity to help extra special.

“It will be the farthest I’ve been from home,” Morell said. “I’ve never left mainland us. So I’m very excited about that and to be able to experience it in this way instead of being there as a tourist is much more meaningful to me.”

Students continue to fund-raise money to make their service trip possible. If you’d like to help you can contact Dr. Estrella Torrez at (517) 884-1327 or torrezjs@msu.edu.

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