Student groups travel over summer, work to make a difference

Who: Zion Lutheran Church youth group
Mission and church trip: took a swamp tour, painted and cleaned a school, fed homeless in French Quarter, attended faith-based gatherings.
“I know we influenced the people we helped with the big things like the service project at the school, and the little things like handing out extra meals to the homeless,” -junior Elaina Bergquist
Who: German students
German culture trip: Stayed with host families, toured Berlin on bike, visited the North Sea and the Berlin Wall, roomed in hostels.
“These experiences have definitely influenced my life. I have so many new friendships, and relationships because of this trip, with people who I never would have thought I would,” -junior Kailei Sidebottom
Who: Spanish students
Spanish culture and service trip: Painted a school mural, planted trees, traveled to different parts of the country, went ziplining.
“Now I feel like I’ve become more confident in my Spanish and more outgoing and adventurous overall. I think this trip really brought us all closer, and we even became friends with our teacher, Senora Loeffler,” -junior Ryan Hirsh
Who: First Baptist Church youth group
Church service trip: Worked at food banks, painted a house, cared for adults with head injuries, and worked at Earth Links Garden.
“My experiences in Denver influenced my life by, changing the way I view people, and myself. I’m noticing so many injustices in the world that I hadn’t before,” -junior Kaitlyn Serrano