Henry Clay student has global awareness

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – We’re not even into winter, but already a Henry Clay High School senior is planning the spring break trip of a lifetime.

As part of a mentoring project for the Liberal Arts Academy, she’s heading up a trip to Brazil to install a water purification system.

"Starting at the beginning of the year, I knew I had to come up with a project for a senior mentoring project," said Henry Clay High School senior, Elizabeth Minor, who decided to team up with Louisville-based non-profit, WaterStep, to provide clean water by installing water purifications systems for an under-served population.

Typhoon Haiyan, in the Philippines, is a reminder of the importance of having a global conscious, said Minor.

"Experiences like that happen all over the world so frequently and not on that large of a scale," she said.

Elizabeth, along with a team of students from Kentucky, will travel to Brazil in April to install the systems.

"I wanted to go somewhere that was interesting for teens to attract teens and have an exciting experience for an alternative spring break."

Teachers hope this project will teach students the lesson of a lifetime that will surpass well beyond when they leave the halls of the school."

"It’s giving her an opportunity to take her interests a step further by getting other students interested as well as being able to be a team leader,” said Ashley Barbour, the facilitator for the Liberal Arts Academy.

For globally-aware students like Elizabeth, the hope is that the larger lesson of being grateful will resonate with her classmates.

"In our little world of near-perfection in America, we take for granted all the pleasures we have, like clean water, in a daily basis."
Elizabeth is also selling t-shirts to support the trip and spread her message of global access to clean water.

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