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Mayflower helping international student get degree

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - A student attending Central Baptist College in Conway is in a tough spot as problems pile up back home in his native country, Venezuela.

The community of Mayflower alongside people in neighboring communities came together to help support his dream of getting an education in the United States.

Brian Moreno, 21, from Venezuela, has been studying at CBC for a semester now. He has been in Conway with a partial scholarship from the school. Yet, after things have worsened in his native country, his family was unable to pay the rest of his tuition.

That's when the community stepped in. Pat Schaefers owns The Farm at Lollie in Mayflower, and when she heard Moreno's story she felt compelled to help.

"It was just something that happened that was beyond his control." Schaefers says she understands first-hand his situation. "We're farmers, and to be a farmer you have to persevere or you're not going to survive in it," said Schaefers.

So, with the help of Schaefers, many in the area including Moreno's peers came together to put on a haunted hayride fundraiser.

"I'm just glad to see at this age, that they're willing to help their fellow human being."

The Haunted Hayride at Schaefers Corn Maze will be open Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $10 per person. If you have any additional questions, you can call 269-7903 or 428-4149.