Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
Katelyn Peterson
Ellis, Peterson give back
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 08/11/2014
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Idaho volleyball players Katelyn Peterson and Jenna Ellis participated in two unique service trips over the summer, helping kids and families in need.

Peterson, a Fairfield, Idaho native, traveled to Ghana for two weeks to teach second grade, and said by the end of the trip she was the one doing the learning.

“Everyone was so gracious, willing to learn and eager,” Peterson said. “I had never experienced another culture so I learned a lot. I definitely want to do it again. It was great to see how grateful they were for everything they had, and it made me appreciate everything that I have here too.”

Meanwhile, Ellis traveled to Havre, Montana, with Resonate Church to do disaster relief for families in need. She said she spent most of her week doing construction work for the first time in her life.

“A lot of people don’t know they have problems in Havre, Montana, but we were doing disaster relief work in basements that had been flooded for families that couldn’t really afford anything,” said Ellis, who hails from Pocatello, Idaho. “We did a lot of cleaning and working in basements. It was cool because I didn’t know anyone so I made a lot of great friendships. I would recommend it to anyone, it’s a good chance to grow as a person, make good friendships and help other people.”

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