Melody Stoffer, a fourth-grade teacher at Bonita Springs Elementary School, plans to spend the next year volunteering in an orphanage and youth refuge center in Latvia. Stoffer, who is scheduled to leave today, spent the past week outfitting herself with cold weather gear. Latvia, which borders Russia, has the same latitude as southern Alaska.

Photo by TRISTAN SPINSKI, Daily News

Melody Stoffer, a fourth-grade teacher at Bonita Springs Elementary School, plans to spend the next year volunteering in an orphanage and youth refuge center in Latvia. Stoffer, who is scheduled to leave today, spent the past week outfitting herself with cold weather gear. Latvia, which borders Russia, has the same latitude as southern Alaska.

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