2017-03-25 / The Bullhorn

RCS alumna aiding FIMRC; asking for donations

By Delaney Sullivan
Bullhorn Editor


RCS 2016 graduate and UNC-Chapel Hill freshman Ashton Martin went backpacking in the Yukon for 30 days with her fellow Morehead-Cain scholarship winners. The Morehead-Cain Summer Enrichment Program that allowed her to hike in Alaska is the same program that is giving her the opportunity to help children in Ecuador. RCS 2016 graduate and UNC-Chapel Hill freshman Ashton Martin went backpacking in the Yukon for 30 days with her fellow Morehead-Cain scholarship winners. The Morehead-Cain Summer Enrichment Program that allowed her to hike in Alaska is the same program that is giving her the opportunity to help children in Ecuador. Ashton Martin, Roxboro Community School (RCS) class of 2016, is traveling to Ecuador this summer to help with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) through the Morehead-Cain Summer Enrichment Program.

The UNC-Chapel Hill freshman was awarded the Morehead-Cain scholarship as a high school senior, and said she has had many wonderful experiences through the program.

The upcoming program that she is participating in requires some help from the community.

The FIMRC is a U.S.- based non-profit organization dedicated to providing modern medical care to disadvantaged families worldwide.

At RCS, Martin was president of the Interact Club, student body president, and tri-speaker of the Youth Legislative Assembly. She is asking the RCS Interact Club, and the community, to donate items to aid FIMRC.

Needed items include office supplies (ziploc bags, paper, pens, notebooks, folders, highlighters, tape, scissors, etc.), art supplies (markers, poster board, colorful paper, finger paint, crayons, coloring books), small children’s toys, personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap), and medical supplies

(hand sanitizer, medical gloves, children and adult vitamins). Martin is collecting items through Friday, April 7.

As for how she is adjusting to college, Martin said, “UNC is fabulous, and it’s opened a lot of opportunities for me.”

Martin is involved in student government, the Carolina Indian Circle, sports, and various other activities at UNC and has made many friends.

Last summer, Martin went backpacking in the Yukon for 30 days. That trip was the first time she was able to meet her fellow Morehead-Cain winners.

In the summer of 2018, Martin will study abroad as another benefit of being a Morehead-Cain scholar.

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