ROCK HILL, S.C. — In 2007, Winthrop University Associate Professor of History Ginger Williams and several students traveled to Rocha, Nicaragua, on an international service-learning trip. While they dug for artifacts and planted gardens, they decided they wanted to give back to the community.
The Rocha Nicaragua Project was born. Over the years, students and faculty have returned to Nicaragua and planted community gardens, provided a dental clinic, reconstructed roads and taught English lessons. In addition, the groups raised money to construct a one-room school for the community.
The service-learning continues Oct. 2 with Rockin’ for Rocha, a benefit concert that will raise money for the project. Tickets are $2. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium. It is a cultural event.
Kelsey Timmerman, author of the 2012 Common Book "Where Am I Wearing?" will make an appearance.
As the project continues, several goals still remain: advancing education, reducing poverty and helping Rocha become a sustainable community. In the winter 2012 term, Williams will take students on a trip to the area, planned for late December or early January. In the spring, she and Associate Professor of Social Work Wendy Campbell will team-teach a course on the history and environment of Nicaragua, entitled PEAC 550/ HIST 550: International
Service learning in Nicaragua.
For more information on the concert contact Breanne Karow at 770/789-6331. For information on the Rocha Nicaraguaproject, contact Ginger Williams at 803/323-4680 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.