NIC Latino Club purchases books for Honduran kids


The members of the North Idaho College Latino Club knew they were giving a powerful gift when they decided to donate proceeds of a fundraiser to a charitable cause.

But when another student suggested a project close to her own heart, the fundraiser became more of a mission.

|photo1|“The project became very, very meaningful to the students and we all knew we were doing something really special,” said club adviser Gini Hickman.

Tucker Kohl, a former Spanish student of Hickman's, approached the Latino Club with an idea to support a group of homeless children living in Honduras. Her cousin was living in Honduras at the time working with the kids in a care center and had mentioned to Kohl that it was hard finding children's books in Spanish.

The Latino Club decided to host a fundraiser last year, providing community members with Salsa dance lessons led by NIC dance instructor Sheryl Bentz-Sipe and Felipe Lores, a professional dancer.

The four lessons raised about $130, all of which went toward the purchase of 13 new Spanish children's books.

Because shipping to Central America can often be unpredictable, according to Kohl, she decided to ship the books to her aunt in the United States who was planning a trip to see her daughter in Honduras.

“The kids really appreciated the books,” Kohl said, adding that they plan on establishing a library at the care center where the children live. “They were so excited and it felt good to have touched lives of kids so far away.”
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For More Information
NIC Spanish Instructor and Latino Club Adviser Gini Hickman, (208) 769-3398

Posted: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005

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