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Up with People
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Relaxing between performances Friday, Rachel Ray, left, reminds fellow Up with People cast member Miguel Razo Gomez that he may need to wear a headband for the next performance.

    More than 110 performers from 20 countries arrived at the Averitt Center for the Arts Monday to continue their 18-city world tour with Up with People, a nonprofit organization designed to provide travel, cultural, art performance and community service experiences for its students, who pay tuition.
    During their weeklong stay in Statesboro, Up with People cast members stayed in the homes of local host families. Throughout the week, the cast spread out to participate in various community service projects — assisting Habitat for Humanity, visiting the Boys & Girls Club and working with children at the library and Averitt Center — and performed multiple live shows to raise money for the Averitt Center.
    Other projects included sorting food items at the Food Bank Inc., cleaning the river with Ogeechee Riverkeeper and meeting elders at the Parks and Recreation Department senior center. The group also hosted a cultural fair on GSU's campus.
    Future tour cities for Up with People include Atlanta; Geneva, Switzerland; and Mexico City.

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