February 11, 2005: Headlines: COS - Honduras: Fund Raising: Contra Costa Times: Cassie Chandler has been in Potrerillos for the past two and a half years as part of the Peace Corps

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Cassie Chandler has been in Potrerillos for the past two and a half years as part of the Peace Corps

Cassie Chandler has been in Potrerillos for the past two and a half years as part of the Peace Corps

Cassie Chandler has been in Potrerillos for the past two and a half years as part of the Peace Corps


Sophia Dandelet


POTRERILLOS IS A small, rural village of population 250 in Honduras with seemingly no connections to Stanley Middle School in Lafayette. In this impoverished village, children rarely get beyond a sixth-grade education.

Stanley students, however, have helped to make a difference in this town through a program called GRO, or Global Relief Outreach. Cassie Chandler, the daughter of one of the GRO teacher leaders, has been in Potrerillos for the past two and a half years as part of the Peace Corps. She suggested the idea of a village library, and asked GRO if it would like to contribute. She recently made a few visits to the school to congratulate Stanley students and, in particular, the members of GRO.

"You should all be very proud of yourselves for helping to fund this library," she said. "You have made a big difference."

GRO is a club at Stanley Middle School that contributes money to projects like these and other outreach programs. It has given Stanley students the opportunity to reach out to others who are less fortunate. Through coin drives, dances and other fund-raisers, GRO members have raised funds that have helped people not only in Honduras but also in places the world over.

"There are a lot of problems in our world, some of which I am not even aware of," said Rachel Tsao when asked why she joined GRO. "Through GRO, I have not only learned about these problems but what I can do to help solve them."

This club has grown dramatically since its birth a year ago. It now has 17 student members and three teacher members. Many members have found GRO to be a unique and wonderful experience. Mr. Walton, a teacher leader for GRO, said, "GRO has allowed me to meet some wonderful students at our school, and to experience real generosity and support within our campus."

Every Tuesday at lunch these teachers and students gather to discuss future projects. GRO has facilitated fund-raisers for UNICEF, Heifer International, the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation and the Peace Corps. UNICEF is an international organization that supplies medication and other necessities to children in third-world countries. Last year, GRO raised $3,500 during the UNICEF coin drive. Heifer International supplies farm animals to needy villages. Stanley students brought a cow, a llama and a pig for the program. This year, GRO also sold pink Breast Cancer Awareness bands, which were very successful. So successful, in fact, that more had to be ordered. The proceeds will be donated to the foundation for research and promotion of breast cancer awareness.

Thanks to Mr. Walton, Mrs. Chandler, Mrs. Haberfeld and all the student members of GRO, Stanley Middle School is a more informed, compassionate place. When asked why she would encourage others to join GRO, Mrs. Chandler replied, "If you are a person who is interested in countries around the world, what problems there are and how to solve them, GRO would be a really great experience for you."
Sophia Dandelet is a student at Stanley Middle School.

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Story Source: Contra Costa Times

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