The ability to gain a free education is something many students in the U.S. take for granted, but in the country of El Salvador, public school is often a recruitment tool for local gangs and private school is expensive.
That’s why Maggie Herbst, a Title I reading teacher at Wapakoneta Elementary School, decided to create a fundraiser that allowed students to bring in coins that will be sent to El Salvador to help students pay for a private school education.
In the past, lanterns have lit up streets and guided those who traveled by night. These days, however, they are becoming more of a want than a need.
“In the last couple years, it seems they have really taken off as a home interior decorator item,” said Mick Haehn, owner of Haehn Florist & Greenhouses.