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Community Spotlight: Recent MHS grad to volunteer abroad

Article Date: 
3 August, 2012 (All day)

Karly Prescott, daughter of Annette and Roger Prescott, of Morgan will travel to Cuenca, Ecuador on Aug. 9 to spend 12 weeks volunteering in orphanages. Prescott graduated in 2009 from Morgan High School and is currently majoring in Family and Consumer Development at Utah State University.
Prescott will travel with other volunteers through Orphanage Support Services Organization (OSSO), a nonprofit charitable organization that sends volunteers on a regular basis to help in local orphanages in both Cuenca and Quito, Ecuador, two of the country’s largest cities. The program began sending volunteers, mostly college-age, in May 1999. Since that time they have sent over 2,000 volunteers to help in various aspects of the program, doing everything from changing diapers and feeding infants to giving physical therapy or teaching English.   
Prescott has learned how to care for children in various college courses. She was enrolled in an infancy class where she participated in an infant lab. In the infant lab she would plan activities for the children, play with them, and teach them. Prescott has had various volunteer experiences. She volunteered at Relay for Life in her community multiple years, helped raise money for Operation Smile in high school, was an aide for the judge for Utah Dance Fest for two years, spent time visiting the elderly in a retirement home, and has volunteered at various large events on her campus. Prescott has had the opportunity to work with young adults as a volley ball coach.  
Prescott currently works at Avalon Hills, a residential treatment center for girls with eating disorders. She is responsible for keeping up to 12 girls safe and on a set schedule. It is her job to be a positive role model to the girls. 
For more information on OSSO, log onto www.orphanagesupport.org, e-mail info@orphanagesupport.org or call (208) 359-1767.