Narceron1PADUCAH, KY (5/12/12) - If you were at Walmart this weekend and saw two charming students selling candy bars, you might have wondered what they were raising money for.  SurfKY News spoke with Rebecca Duda, a math and science teacher at Lone Oak Middle School, about the fundraiser.  

Two local students were chosen by Duda to travel to Europe in early June to explore cultural differences between there and the United States.  The tour is being conducted by Education First, operating out of Boston, Massachusetts, and is a product of an earlier trip abroad Duda experienced.  

A few years ago, Duda had the opportunity to travel to Europe with a group from Murray State in her capacity as a science teacher.  She was amazed at the different mindset of the Europeans in relation to sustainability, production, and construction.  She discovered loads of examples of how Europeans differed from her fellow Americans.  For instance, she related that even rain gutters at a home she stayed in were made of copper and quite a bit larger than she was used to.  Refrigeration was on a smaller scale, as Europeans were more likely to shop for fresh foods every few days as opposed to the American trend to hoard and store larger amounts of food in larger refrigeration units.  These discoveries changed the way Duda viewed the world, and she was eager to share this with her students.  She now travels annually to Europe with students.  
Narceron2This year the students chosen were Heather Corley and Elissa Wines.  The students have been hard at work raising money for the trip since winter and are nearing their goals.  Corley and Wines have sold a large amount of candy bars, helped in no small part by a generous donation by Parker's, of Lone Oak, which has added a coupon on the packaging of the candy bars that entitles the buyer to a free ice cream cone.  This coupon has been a part of the last 5000 bars sold and represents a very significant commitment to the girl's fundraising efforts.  Pam Corley, Heather's mother, also notes other activities such as bakes sales as contributing.  

The girls will be continuing to sell the candy bars while supplies last at the Hinkleville Road Walmart location.  The girls will be leaving June 4th for their trip to German, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy.   Duda is confident the cultural experience will be eye-opening one for the girls, and will hopefully lead to a completely different view of the world as they know it.

Simon Crouch
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