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Alissa Widman Neese • Jul 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM


Six weeks ago, Clyde native Kristen Larimer, 25, embarked on what she considers the most meaningful journey of her young life.

Soon, she'll begin a voyage perhaps equally as important: a campaign throughout her hometown, sharing her experiences as an interpreter in Jamaica this summer.

Larimer returned July 12 after a mission trip with the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf.

Using American Sign Language, she worked with deaf children and adults in impoverished areas. She also completed various service projects.

"My passions are helping people and sign language," Larimer said. "It's really cool that they connected."

Larimer will visit Clyde High School on Saturday for a presentation from 6-8 p.m., to share videos, photos and information and also answer questions.

The event is free and anyone can attend, and it will include live performances from singer Darrell Currence Jr. and musical group Dear Society.

A poster used to promote the event is available as a PDF below.

Without support from communities throughout the region — not just in Clyde, but beyond — Larimer's trip wouldn't have been possible, she said.

"So many people, many who I didn't even know, sent me messages of encouragement," Larimer said. "They're still sending them. It really means a lot."

Additionally, about $1,500 in donations helped finance the trip.

The presentation Saturday, as well as a similar presentation at the Clyde Public Library Aug. 12, are two ways to give back, she said.

"I'm going to share some stories that really wowed me," Larimer said. "My hope is it can be touching and motivating for people, and show them how they can make a difference wherever they are, not just on mission trips."

Larimer graduated from Clyde High School in 2007 and moved to North Carolina, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language from Gardner-Webb University.

She also lived in Maryland, where she worked at a women’s shelter.

Larimer is the daughter of Jack and Stephanie Larimer, who live in Clyde.

Want to go?

WHAT: "The Journey Home," a presentation from Clyde native Kristen Larimer about her recent mission trip to Jamaica, featuring musical performers Darrell Currence Jr. and Dear Society 

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Clyde High School auditorium, 1015 Race St., Clyde

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