Rockingham Co. students, staff to travel to Zambia

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Rockingham County Middle School student Hannah Wood has a good reason to spend less time in the pool this summer.

“Even though I am not at the pool, I get to have fun and play sports and teach the kids,” Hannah said.

The kids Hannah will be helping are in the southern African nation of Zambia. Hannah along with five other teachers and students will spend two weeks at a school that’s funded by the Zambian Vocal Group.

The group is made up of five missionaries that travel the nation, raising funds for their school by performing at schools and churches. For Morehead High School teacher, Christina Wood, this will be her fifth trip to Zambia.

“It’s exciting to know that they are receptive to everything,” she said. “They want to be a part of what we are doing while we are there.”

The teachers will teach the subjects like reading, writing and math. Rockingham County Middle School teacher Chris Wood adds the group will bring technology to the classroom.

“This year we will install whiteboards and some computers were donated,” Wood said.

The group will also deliver 300 shirts, 25 handmade dresses and soccer balls. The Rockingham County teachers will also bring a message of faith.

“You know the opportunity is right up my alley and doing it for Christ is extra special,” says Rockingham County Middle School teacher Annette Kenealy.

While the goal is to bring education and faith to the over 200 kids at the school, Wentworth Elementary teacher Christy Albertson wants to learn from the kids.

“We take a lot for granted while we are here,” she said. “We have so much these children don’t have. So I feel like I will learn more from them than they will learn from me.”

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