African students going to school thanks to HHSS
|By Sue Tiffin - Staff Writer | May 22, 2014
The secret to the success of the HHSS Interact Club’s annual spring international fundraising effort was having club members stay committed and keep energy levels high.
That’s what Daryl Woodley, Grade 12 student and secretary of the Interact Club, credits for the club raising $3,166 for a Canadian charity that helps promote education for high school and university students.
“If you are fired up and ready for the week, you will get the students excited and participating,” said Woodley. “[You need to] keep the students excited and well-informed. The more they know about what they are donating for, the more they will donate.”
There were plenty of opportunities for students and the community to participate in fundraising this year, from a mid-week Rotary Radio Day on Canoe FM in which audience members could pledge money in exchange for song requests, to an end-of-the-week buyout, when HHSS students watched their teachers eat gross food and get pied in the face in exchange for donations.
“The fundraisers that the students can really get involved in raise the spirit of the school and consequently makes everything more fun for everyone,” said Woodley. “Pieing is always a classic event – most students don't want to pass up the chance to pie their teacher.”
An assembly at the beginning of the week taught students about the charity Education is Power (EIP) and encouraged their involvement in donating and fundraising. The amount raised in Haliburton will enable approximately seven students in Kenya and Tanzania to go to school.
Education is Power director Dave Cuddy called the donation and fundraising efforts a huge accomplishment.
“It is really wonderful news to hear of the success and dedication of the Haliburton students involved in raising money for EIP,” said Cuddy. “[The donation] will go very far in helping young Kenyans and Tanzanians have a better future.”
Cuddy said the money raised will support EIP students who don’t currently have a sponsor, and that by supporting the students through high school and university, the charity is helping to prevent young girls from being forced into early marriages at ages as young as 13.
“Besides going to school fees, we also help support tutoring sessions for our students, thus allowing them the support they need to develop their potential to the fullest to then give back to the community,” said Cuddy. “All EIP students also become directly involved in volunteering for their East African community, working towards EIP’s end goal for students to use their education to help their community develop sustainably.”
In Africa, EIP supports 22 high school students, eight post-secondary students, and employs one Kenyan primary school teacher.
“I believe all our efforts this week benefit the students of our high school at least as much as the students in Africa whose lives will be changed,” said HHSS teacher and Interact supervisor Jennifer Paton.
SUE TIFFIN is a reporter for The Highlander.