Stansberry gift to aid humanitarian trip

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG

Posted 10/27/17

A group from Cleveland High School is taking a humanitarian trip to Patagonia over spring break, and the trip's leaders accepted a $1,500 donation Thursday to help with the trip. Terry and …

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Stansberry gift to aid humanitarian trip

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A group from Cleveland High School is taking a humanitarian trip to Patagonia over spring break, and the trip's leaders accepted a $1,500 donation Thursday to help with the trip. 

Terry and Michelle Stansberry made the donation in memory of their son, Colby Stansberry. He died on Nov. 12, 2006, at the age of 18, just as he was getting ready to graduate from CHS. 

"Colby loved helping others and had been on one mission trip before he passed away. I truly believe he would have gone on another one if he had the chance," said Michelle. "We thought this was a way to bless the young people as they prepare to bless others." 

In March, teachers Ben Williams and Anna Hutt will be taking a group of 16 students to Patagonia, a region at the southern tip of South America which includes parts of Argentina and Chile. 

The group will be collaborating with a group from a school in Neuquén, Argentina, to help a community of the Mapuche people learn about solar energy and hydroponics, ensuring they have electricity and a steady supply of food to eat. 

The Cleveland students will be using the knowledge they learned in Williams’ engineering classes to help put together a solar energy system and arid hydroponic system.

“This is the third such trip we’ve taken, and it will allow students to test their knowledge in a real-world environment,” said Williams. “Plus, it will be helping the people we meet in Patagonia.” 

In 2016 and earlier this year, groups from CHS helped people in Nicaragua and Jamaica, respectively, build aquaponics systems. 

Cleveland City Schools Director Dr. Russell Dyer and Renny Whittenbarger, supervisor of career and technical education, were on hand for the check presentation and thanked the Stansberrys for their support. 

“I’m very glad the Stansberrys have decided to donate to this,” said Dyer. ‘This is a very worthy cause.” 

Whittenbarger said this trip will provide the students with a unique opportunity they “just can’t get in the classroom.” They will be helping solve some real-world challenges for people in need. 

He added that Colby Stansberry was a student of his when he was a classroom teacher, and it was good to see his legacy continuing to promote positive change. 

The CHS students are still in the process of raising funds to go on the humanitarian trip, which is estimated to cost $2,100 per student. The Stansberrys' donation is expected to assist with trip scholarships. 

Anyone interested in donating to help pay the students’ way can call the school at 423-478-1113.


Inset Quote:

"Colby loved helping others and had been on one mission trip before he passed away. I truly believe he would have gone on another one if he had the chance. We thought this was a way to bless the young people as they prepare to bless others." — Michelle Stansberry

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