Students at Cape Elizabeth High School will continue to work to live out Hanley Denning’s vision to educate disadvantaged Guatemalan children.

Denning, the founder of Safe Passage, a nonprofit organization in Guatemala, died on Jan. 18 in a car accident in Guatemala City. The Yarmouth native was 36 years old.

Through Denning’s organization, high school students from Cape Elizabeth planned a service trip to Guatemala to take place this summer. Katie Takach, a sophomore who helped organize the trip, does not believe that Denning’s death will affect their mission.

“Its definitely, really tragic,” Takach said, “but I don’t think we will plan to change our intentions.”

Denning was featured in a film, “Recycled Life,” which received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary short subject. The award show will air in Maine live on ABC on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.


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