Marissa Butler, 15, a Moffat County High School freshman, is one of five students going on a trip to Costa Rica this summer. A fundraiser dinner for the excursion takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Photo by Bridget Manley

Marissa Butler, 15, a Moffat County High School freshman, is one of five students going on a trip to Costa Rica this summer. A fundraiser dinner for the excursion takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Saturday fundraiser to support MCHS, CMS students bound for Costa Rica

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What: Fiesta dinner fundraiser for local students traveling to Costa Rica in June

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion

— Tickets cost $30 for families, $10 for adults and $5 for children. Participants are asked to RSVP to Patty Hebert by calling 629-3475.

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“The world is a lot bigger than Craig, Colo., and it’s really cool when students can experience that.”

— Patty Hebert, Moffat County School District substitute teacher, about a summer trip five local students will make to Costa Rica.

If there’s one thing Patty Hebert wants students to learn from an upcoming trip to Costa Rica, it’s that a big world waits to be explored.

“I just hope they have an incredible cultural experience,” said Hebert, 43, a Moffat County School District substitute teacher. “I hope that they gain a love and a knowledge of other cultures outside of Craig (and) outside the United States.”

In early June, Hebert will lead three Moffat County High School students and two Craig Middle School eighth-graders on an excursion to the Central American country.

The trip costs about $2,600 per student, and some participants have been working for more than a year to earn or save the money, Hebert said.

A fundraising dinner Saturday is designed to give them a boost.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion and features a taco bar complete with homemade beans, rice and sopaipillas.

Tickets cost $30 for families, $10 for adults or $5 for children.

The 10-day excursion, offered by EF Educational Tours, gives students a sampling of Costa Rica’s rich ecological diversity. The itinerary includes a visit to the Santa Elena cloud forest in the lush Monteverde region and a horseback trek up the Arenal volcano.

Marissa Butler heard about the trip in fall 2011 and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go.

“I think it would be fun, so I’m excited,” the MCHS freshman said.

Her anticipation is understandable. Butler, 15, has lived her whole life in Craig and she’s itching to see what life is like in other parts of the world.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing the culture (in Costa Rica),” she said. “It’s so different from Craig.”

Butler’s interest to travel internationally fits with Hebert’s vision for the trip.

“The world is a lot bigger than Craig, Colo., and it’s really cool when students can experience that,” Hebert said.

For more information about the fundraiser or to RSVP, call Hebert at 629-3475.

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