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St. John's Visit to Guatemala Schools

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Mark Brahier of St. John's entertains kids at Santa Clara nursery while a young girl looks at a photo of herself on his camera.

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The Rev. Donald Vettese, founder of International Samaritan, holds 3-year-old Anibal Pacheco at the Santa Clara nursery in Guatemala City. The former president of St. John's Jesuit High School has been working for 16 years to help the poorest of the poor escape poverty through education.

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The metal door of Francisco Coll grade school (Centro Educativo) in Guatemala's notorious Zone 3 is locked and guarded by a municipal policeman.

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Margarita Lara, left, a certified translator with International Samaritan, jokes with St. John's students painting a classroom at Francisco Coll school.

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Kris Akiki of St. John's walks students down the hallway of Santa Clara nursery. "They're adorable and amazing," Kris said.

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Jack Slater dances with a class at Francisco Coll school as Mike Pool looks on.

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Sister Esperanza Sanchez Cortez, Dominican nun and principal of Francisco Coll school, said it's important that the students feel accepted and loved.

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Students at Santa Clara nursery horse around after school while waiting for their parents to pick them up.

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Santa Clara nursery students share a group hug with Ross Satler, 17, of St. John's. "These kids are nonstop action," Ross said.

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Mike Pool, 17, one of the few visiting St. John's students fluent in Spanish, paints a Spanish version of St. John's logo -- "Los Titanes" for "The Titans" -- on a courtyard wall at the Francisco Coll grade school in Guatemala City.

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Jesuit priest Rev. Donald Vettese sits with students and teachers as Francisco Coll grade school students sing songs, play music, and do acrobatics to welcome him back to Guatemala City.

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Students at Francisco Coll grade school put on a show to welcome the Rev. Donald Vettese, the Jesuit priest who founded the Guatemala City school when he was president of St. John's High School in Toledo.

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Students at Santa Clara nursery were curious about the braces on the teeth of Mark Brahier, a visiting high school student from St. John's.

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Ross Satler plays Legos with Santa Clara nursery students.

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Guatemalan schoolchildren hang on to St. John's student Sean Burlingame, who said they made him feel like Justin Bieber.

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Matt Schaefer of St. John's escorts students along the outdoor hallway of Santa Clara nursery.

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Students and teachers from St. John's Jesuit High School gather inside the Francisco Coll grade school, where they knocked out crumbling parts of cement-block walls and painted the classrooms.

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