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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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8 NO. SMITHFIELD/ WOONSOCKET NOV. 15-21, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET also named William, grew up in Guatemala, and his family has been visiting the country to see relatives and perform charity work for years. His mother, Catherine, is the found- er of Artisan Bridge, a local nonprof- it that works with Guatemala-based organization Mayan Families to connect artisan women with a larger market for their products in the United States. Still, it will be the first time he leads his own service trip down to the region, introducing his classmates to the wonders of an area he has come to love. Reyes said he hopes to expand his classmates' views on the world and show them how much beauty there is in Guatemala. "I've learned a lot from my mom and other leaders throughout my life. They've sort of given up this mantle of running this trip," he explained. As he began planning, Reyes reached out to friends to gauge the interest among his classmates. Several responded, and two, Emma Grant and Kyle Karspeck, were inspired to plan their own senior projects around the communities of Lake Atitlán. For her project, Grant is working with Reyes's mother to expand the customer base for Artisan Bridge. She recently helped secure the American Cancer Society as a customer during their online holiday fundraiser, which will feature beaded ornaments, lanyards and wristlets handmade by the women of Artisan Bridge and sold throughout the month of December. Twenty per- cent of the proceeds will support the American Cancer Society, while the remaining 80 percent will return to the village, where the women use the profits to support their families and homes. Karspeck, meanwhile, is work- ing with Reyes's father to plan and lead a construction project during the April trip. About half of the group will work with Karspeck on a local home, while the other half will volunteer with children and per- form tasks for a local organization. Karspeck, who has never been out of the country before, said his project also includes fundraising toward the cost of materials. "We're going to just make sure they have a comfortable living setting and a roof to live under," he said. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m., the students will host a fundraiser at the high school auditorium to sup- port travel and material expenses. The event will serve as the premiere for "Living on Giving," a documen- tary created by local photographer Pamela Bhatia during a trip to Panajachel earlier this year. Reyes, Grant and Karspeck will also be on hand to discuss their projects, and attendees can purchase handmade products from Artisan Bridge. While the project has involved nearly a year of planning, the stu- dents say the work will be worth the result as their classmates have the opportunity to join them in an effort normally led by others. "I feel like we're a very giving community, and this is an opportu- nity for the youth of the community to lead the way on this one," said Reyes. BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM WILLIAM REYES, EMMA GRANT and KYLE KARSPECK are completing senior projects to support the communities around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. The three seniors, along with classmates, will participate in a service trip to the area in April. GUATEMALA From Page One Mount St. Charles will hold middle school admissions exam Saturday WOONSOCKET – Mount Saint Charles Academy will conduct middle school admissions exams on Saturday, Nov. 17. Families of prospective Mount middle school students can register for the exam through the admissions tab on the school website, mount- Mount's middle school program is specifically designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of adolescents. In addition to outstanding academics, Mount offers 20 middle school sports and 36 clubs and activities. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Visit the Mount Saint Charles website for more information, or contact Director of Admissions Susan Gasbarro at 401-769-0310, ext. 177 or to ask questions or schedule a tour. S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization

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