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After recent trip, students collecting sunglasses for needy Nicaraguans

April 16, 2012

Three months after a group of UW-Stout students took a class in Nicaragua, they are giving back to the residents of the Central American country.

The Stout Pre-Health Society is holding a sunglasses drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Memorial Student Center. New and gently used sunglasses with UV protection will be collected and shipped to learning centers in Nicaragua, where many needy people lack basic eye protection. The event is in cooperation with the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas.

In January, 10 students traveled to Nicaragua as part of the physiology of disabilities course taught by biology Professor Ann Parsons. They visited hospitals and clinics to volunteer and observe, donated medical supplies and also taught general health to residents at the headquarters of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas.

“One day we visited a library-school for a group of poverty-stricken children, played with them all day and donated books and toys to them,” said Kevin Kosel, one of the class members. Kosel, of Roseville, Minn., is majoring in applied science.

“It was a very eye-opening trip that I will never forget. It felt awesome to help the people down there, even if it was only the little bit that we did,” Kosel said.

Each donation of a pair of sunglasses includes an entry into a drawing for one of two $50 gift cards. For more information, email sphs@uwstout.edu.


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