Each year, the Sonoma-based Seeds of Learning organization sends 10 to 16 work groups of volunteers to Central America. These volunteers spend between seven and 12 days working with communities in Nicaragua or El Salvador. While there, volunteers partner with communities, form relationships, build bridges and explore each others’ cultures while erecting or improving a school building.

In March, 15 Sonoma Valley High School students, a handful of teachers and Rotary’s Gary Edwards will head to Nicaragua from March 16 to March 24 to build a learning center in the town of Pedro Arauz. This year’s students travelling are: sophomores Anna DeSmet, Isabel Garon, Lucy Houghton, Olivia Yazzolino, Emma Stanfield, Tsering Sherpa, Jesse Figueroa Gaona; juniors Stephanie Angulo, Alexia Zamudio-Torres, Alejandra Alvarez, Emily Miller, Berry Saraga; seniors Zulema Perez Sanchez and Harris Rasmussen; graduate Manuel Young (’13); and teachers Judith Frey-Cohen and Danielle Lovejoy.

The group is currently fundraising for the trip.  They are hosting a tamale dinner, fashion show and silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Sonoma Community Center.

Tickets for the dinner are $15 and should be purchased by emailing Danielle Lovejoy at dlovejoy8@gmail.com. Donations for the silent auction are welcome.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, the students will be having a car wash at Sonoma Chevrolet, and on Monday, Feb. 3, they will be having a Dine and Donate at Mary’s Pizza Shack (both Sonoma locations). Email dlovejoy8@gmail.com for a flyer.