Heading to Campeche

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STEWIACKE: A South Colchester Academy student from the Stewiacke area is excited and nervous after being selected to go to Campeche, Mexico from March 2-18.

Hayley Elliott will be one of three students from Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB), and 20 from across N.S. to take part in the Campeche Leadership Camp.

The Campeche Leadership Camp is funded by the Nova Scotia International Student Program, which mean all funds raised are to support the Service Learning Project. That is focused on improving the quality of life for a specific subset of underprivileged youth in Campeche.

Elliott said the opportunity came about after a panel of teachers reviewed all the applications submitted. Once that was completed, it was her they thought was most deserving and would represent CCRSB, SCA, and the community well.

“I’m thrilled to be going to Campeche,” said Elliott, in Grade 11. “However, I’m nervous to be away for two weeks in this new place, with 20 other Nova Scotians and I have no idea who they are.

“It’s frightening, but I cannot wait to go. It will be a big step for me! It means so much to me that I have been granted this opportunity.”

She said the students going will be participating in many leadership activities, learn Spanish, and appreciating the culture that is Campeche.

Elliott, 16, said she has started her fundraising through family, friends, and teachers.

“Any donation from companies or local businesses would be greatly appreciated,” she said. “All the fundraising goes to the people of Campeche where we, as 21 selected Nova Scotian students and 21 Mexican students get to decide what we want to do with it. We can donate to a charity, cancer center, build a music centre. We as 42 get to decide.”