Students and staff from the college are planning a week-long service learning trip to the Be Like Brit orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti for Spring Break. The group will be spending time with the 66 children who live at the orphanage and will build a home for someone in the Grand Goave community. ACC’s welding department designed a one of a kind bank in the shape of a B for Be Like Brit to allow the entire community to donate toward the fundraising effort.
Students travelling on the trip include: Sakina Baqar, Avery Bell, Ruben Garcia, Laurie Glybin, Matthew Rafala, Kimberly Riley, Andrew St. Amand, Joseph Stocker, Colin Szwed, Megan Tassy and Jocelyn Thompson. Chaperones include Faculty member Amely Cross and Dean of Student Services Katie Kelley.
Students will be raising money for the trip during Asnuntuck Community College and the Town of Enfield’s Fall Festival and Homecoming Event on Friday, October 16th, on Asnuntuck’s front lawn. As a part of the Festival, and as a means to raise money for the trip, Henna hand artwork will be available for purchase and donations will be accepted in the B bank for climbs on a rock wall. The students will be selling hot dogs, chili hot dogs and $10 raffle tickets, with a $1,000 prize, along with Yankee Candles.
Also part of the evening’s festivities, The Valley Repertory Company will present “Murder, You Must be Kidding”, at 7 p.m. on Asnuntuck’s stage. Tickets will be on sale that night for a special one-night price of $10. Proceeds from the show will benefit ACC’s Be Like Brit orphanage trip.
Additional activities for the event, which begins at 4 p.m., include vendors, who have participated in the Town of Enfield’s Community and Farmers Market throughout the season. Silvia’s International Restaurant will be selling bread and fried dough, until dusk. In addition, several musical performers are on the schedule. Local favorite Spiral Logic will perform from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Jared Tittle will perform classic acoustic rock from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. and Just Jeannie, with her eclectic pop, country and classic rock selections, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Sample beer from Enfield’s own Powder Hollow Brewery from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Beer will also be available for sale. Wine tasting from Lost Acres will take place from 5 p.m.-7p.m.
The Asnuntuck Community College Foundation will sponsor a Retiree Reception at 4 p.m. and Alumni Social at 6 p.m. All alumni attending the event will receive a free ACC Alumni mug. An Alumni Art Show will also be open to the public. ACC’s Massage Therapy students will also give free chair massages that night.
Want to donate to the trip? Visit www.asnuntuck.edu/donate.