A new club formed this spring at Central Wyoming College gives students a chance to travel while also offering humanitarian aid to those in need.
Entrada Club advisor Laura Phagan said the idea is to expose the young adults to different cultures.
"Most of these kids haven't been outside of Riverton, or their home towns that are close to Riverton," she said. "We're trying to get them some experience (for) learning and growing."
The first destination for the six-person group is New York City. They plan to head to the Big Apple for five days this fall to see a Broadway show, visit a few museums and historical monuments, and volunteer by picking up litter and helping the homeless. They estimate the experience will cost $10,000.
To pay for the trip, they will be organizing fundraisers throughout the summer in Fremont County. Already, Phagan said, they have helped repair property for money and hosted local garage sales.
During the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo in Riverton, the students manned a booth where they sold tickets for two additional fundraisers. The first was a speedball race that took place Aug. 4 on Webbwood Road. Participants purchased numbered golf balls and watched to see which of the 500 orbs rolled downhill fastest.
Additional funding should come in during a lantern party planned for 6-10 p.m. Sunday, on CWC's front lawn.
Phagan said attendees will watch the movie "Tangled" then enjoy a $15 barbecue dinner including pulled pork, hot dogs and salads. LED lanterns will be on sale for $5 each.
"We have to go with LED because it's August in Wyoming and we're on a fire ban," Phagan explained.
As night falls, everyone's lantern will be illuminated to create a bright spectacle on the lawn.
"It'll be beautiful, and I'm sure little kids will love it," Phagan said.
For more information about the club call Phagan at 855-2159.