POULTNEY-Two Poultney eighth graders, Sam White and Vincent Kendall, traveled with a group of 25 members of United Methodist Church to the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky to participate in the Red Bird Mission Conference.
Rev. David Adams said that the conference started in 1921.
"We extend ourselves on faith to help those in need," he said.
Most of the group repaired the roof of a house. Kendall worked on the roof of a front porch called a stoop, and White renovated a bathroom.
"It felt really good to help people," said White, "and it was great exploring Kentucky."
Kendall said, "I felt the same, and we rode down in style in a limo."
Adams said, "One of the scheduled vans broke down, so we were given a limo."
Both students learned a great deal about teamwork and the harshness of true poverty.
"You should really be grateful," said White. "People there need, and all we do is want, want, want. Remember each day is a gift, that is why they call it the present."
In order to attend the conference, each participant had to contribute $600, which many did not have.
The group worked together through fundraising, which included a bake sale, a raffle with items donated from the community, a grant in the amount of $1,000, Student Senate at Green Mountain College for $2,000, and also area churches and the Rotary made contributions.