CHS students take fellowship to Argentina

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 5/7/19

Seven juniors and seniors from Cleveland High School described their recent spring break trip to Argentina, where they and 22 fellow students visited schools and soaked up the local culture.The trip …

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CHS students take fellowship to Argentina

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Seven juniors and seniors from Cleveland High School described their recent spring break trip to Argentina, where they and 22 fellow students visited schools and soaked up the local culture.

The trip was the result of a partnership of CHS and Colegio Lincoln, a private school in Neuquén, Argentina. The students shared their experiences during a recent luncheon of the Rotary Club of Cleveland held at the Museum Center.

“It was a taste of life outside the United States, said CHS teacher Anna Hutt, adding that she accompanied 29 students during the trip abroad.

Speaking at the luncheon were Chandler Bullins, Olivia Hutt, Siddhi Patel, Sara McKay, Lauren Goldston and Nathan Pan.

Cleveland City Schools Director Dr. Russell Dyer also accompanied the students on the trip.

During their visit, the students visited a public school located in a rural region of Argentina, where they assisted in classrooms, delivered much-needed school supplies and interacted with the Argentine students.

"They were so happy," Bullins said.

"It gave us a look into what we have," Olivia Hutt said.

In addition, CHS students also helped build an aquaponics system, which will enable students in schools located in rural, arid areas of Argentina to grow vegetables, as well as teach others how to construct the system. Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.

The students also had the opportunity to tour Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires, before going to work in the schools.

Sara McKay said they went on a whirlwind 48-hour tour of the city. She added that the students enjoyed eating Argentine-style fare.

“We ate a lot of pork sausage,” McKay said.

During their city tour, the students were able to see the its wide boulevards and art nouveau and Beaux Arts neoclassical buildings that have gained Buenos Aires the nickname "The Paris of South America.”

Patel said she and her classmates enjoyed living with their host families, noting, "I became super close to the people who lived there.” 

Goldston and Pan described teaching the Argentine students how to construct the aquaponic device. Within days, basil and spinach roots were already growing, according to Goldston.

“We want them to teach others who use aquaponics in a sustainable way,” Pan said.

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