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Mission Trip Planned To South Africa
It's a relatively short trip that hopefully will make a world of difference.

A contingent of Escalon residents will be heading to South Africa this summer, going on a mission trip through the World Changers Academy, spending some time working at an orphanage and then working with people to develop good personal hygiene and health habits.

Among those going are adult leaders Kim Rigg, Dan Franklin and Saundra Miller, Escalon High graduates Allee Merseth and Amanda Moreno, as well as current EHS students Morgan Brown and Amanda Franklin.

The group is currently raising funds to finance the trip and one of those fundraisers is a snack bar, set up in the parking lot of the Escalon Covenant Church on days when the soccer and track and field teams are having home meets across the street at Escalon High School.

Traditional sports snacks including sunflower seeds, crackers, corn nuts, candy, soda and bottled waters and juices are all part of the goods being offered at prices between $1 and $2. The first snack bar day was Thursday, March 20, with additional dates including Thursdays, April 3, 17 and 24; Tuesday, Aril 29; Wednesday, April 30; Friday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 7 also set for the snack bar.

"I'm looking forward to broadening my outlook on life," said Merseth, helping run the snack bar on Thursday. "I also think I'll learn how fortunate I am to live in the United States."

The Escalon High graduate is studying nursing at Chico State and said she's eager to help teach life skills and basic hygiene, as well as interact with children at the orphanage.

Fellow traveler Franklin, a junior at Escalon High, is also eagerly awaiting the trip.

"I love working with kids, I've gone to Mexico with my church the last couple of years," she explained, adding that Rigg spoke of the mission trip at church and Franklin knew then that her next destination was Africa.