Local students will help in Haiti

DAYTON – Two members of the Prairie Valley/Southeast Webster-Grand FFA Chapter, along with their adviser, will travel to Haiti this summer to assist people still displaced by the 2010 earthquake.

Luke Hainzinger and Austin Glaspey, both seniors at SWG, along with Steven Kehoe, PV/SWG FFA advisor, will go to Haiti June 12-20 to help build new homes for families left homeless by the 7.0-magnitude quake.

The new homes, called Safe-T-Homes, are modified grain bins made by Iowa-based Sukup Manufacturing. They have solar powered LED lights and rainfall collection systems. A typical home can be constructed in one day with a team of at least four people. The cost of one is about $5,700.

Hainzinger and Glaspey will travel with FFA members from Sioux Central High School, Sioux Rapids, That chapter raised money to purchase a Safe-T-Home.

“Mr. Kehoe, our advisor, was telling us about this trip, and I thought it seemed like something I would like to do,” said Hainzinger.

“As soon as I heard about it, I knew I wanted to go,” said Glaspey.

Mary Hainzinger, Luke Hainzinger’s mother, wasn’t surprised at her son’s interest.

“He came home one day and mentioned he was thinking about going to Haiti with FFA,” she said. “At first we didn’t know how it would be possible with the cost, but he’s so community-minded, serves on the fire and rescue squads here in Dayton, so I really wasn’t surprised when he said he and Austin wanted to do this.”

The trip will cost each boy about $1,500 plus airfare.

The Little Eagles Booster Club, Southeast Webster-Grand Boosters and the Dayton Community Club have all contributed. Also, an account was set up at the Dayton branch of Security Savings Bank and a teen dance is planned for April 26 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the upper level of the Iron Saddle Saloon in downtown Dayton. Admission to the dance is $5.

“I’m looking forward to working with other FFA chapters and experiencing a new culture from their perspective,” said Hainzinger.

“I’m looking forward to the cultural change,” Glaspey said.