Cathedral Students Learn Life Lessons In Africa

Cathedral Students Learn Life Lessons In Africa Click to Enlarge Photo: Whitney Wheelock

Aug 11, 2017 at 9:23 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A group of St. Cloud Cathedral High School students recently returned from a service trip to Africa.

The students traveled to the Mikocheni Village in Tanzania to help out with various projects and learn some important life lessons.

Cathedral teacher Dick McMorrow has been heading up the trip with the help from chaperones for the last 10 years.

Each year the trip benefits the Tanzanian Village Fund, that has helped raise funds for cement floors in some village schools and a water well.

"So when we came and when the students came, happiness just spread throughout, we are a sign of hope, and it was almost like they put on a parade celebration for us," chaperone Whitney Wheelock said.

The students also helped a secondary school build a basketball court for the village, while making some lasting memories with the Tanzanian kids.

Allie Cornelius is a senior who made a special connection with a little Mikocheni girl.

The girl asked Allie what her favorite fruit was and Allie told her apples were her favorite.

The next day the little Tanzanian girl had a present for the Cathedral student she struck up an instant friendship with.

"We spoke like 10 words to each other and she was so caring, and she found me an apple, I don't even know how many apples she has, I'm sure she doesn't have much," Allie said.

"Just being there and becoming close to them, and there all so nice, there all nice people so you really want to help out, and you know that what you're doing is worth it and it's not just a waste," senior Jeron Hirschfeld (pictured below) said.

Click here if you'd like to donate to the Tanzanian Village Fund started by McMorrow.

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