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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County teacher is preparing for the trip of a lifetime.

Her students say she’s made a difference in their lives, and now, thanks to a program at UNCW, this social studies teacher will travel to Africa in a quest to help kids there as well.

“I’m really excited about what I can offer those children and how I can inspire them,” Matilda Scott said.

Her village school in Africa will be a far cry from the walls at Shallotte Middle School.

“I’m going to miss the enthusiasm, the hard work, the togetherness,” Scott said. “They’ve built a sisterhood, and I’m glad I was a part of that.”

In addition to teaching social studies, Scott is the girls’ soccer coach, and she hopes to take the same lesson she shared with these girls to children across the globe.

“My positive attitude that the world can make a difference in lives of many people around the world,” she said.

During her five-and-a-half week trip, Scott will keep in touch with her class through Skype lectures.

The community donations helped pay for the trip, and her team is joining the mission, too. Soccer player Hope Simmons launched “Hope for Africa” to collect cleats for Scott to take to the kids.

“I hope they learn responsibility and discipline, because that’s what you need to play soccer, and if you don’t have that you can’t go far,” Simmons said.

If you recognize Mrs. Scott she was one of WWAY’s Teacher of the Week last spring.

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