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Up with People take the stage
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Ty Kruk, left, escorts Alexander Ericksson of Norway to their vehicle as Up With People cast members and crew meet their host families for the first time at Statesboro High School. Kruk and wife Debbie were hosting Ericksson and Mauricio Solorzan of Mexico.

    About 110 performers  from 20 countries arrived at Statesboro High School Monday to continue their 19-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, such as assisting Habitat for Humanity, visiting the Boys & Girls Club and working with children at the library and Sallie Zetterower Elementary School.
    Other projects included sorting donations at Fostering Bulloch, cooking and serving lunch at Rebecca's Café, and painting the walls at Choices of the Heart.

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