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Creative projects raise money for Africa

Friday, December 7, 2007  
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By Alana Duffle

Students are now taking the world’s problems into their own hands.  The Schools 4 Schools Committee has been raising money for the Gulu Secondary School in Uganda, Africa.  They are currently conducting two fund-raisers in hopes to reach their goal of $10,000 by Feb. 1, 2008.  These fund-raisers include a CD drive and a formal benefit dinner.

“The money that is raised from these fund-raisers will go to buy supplies like books, desks, learning material and ultimately, new buildings for the Gulu Secondary School in Uganda. Over 1,000 kids attend this school and right now, they only have eight classrooms,” sophomore committee member Jennifer Bresee said.

The Schools 4 Schools Committee asked students to donate old CDs they no longer wanted, so the committee could resell them at cheap prices in order to raise money for this cause. 

“I’m really excited about this CD drive. We’re selling good music for so cheap, and it’s going toward such an amazing cause: helping these kids in Africa get a better education,” Bresee said.

The CD drive came about when a student at Oklahoma Christian, junior Ryan Holly, decided to give all of his CDs to the committee so they could resell them.  The Schools 4 Schools committee liked this idea and decided to make it a school-wide project.

“We wanted to give more people a chance to get involved in the Schools 4 Schools program.  We want to show OC that we, as students, can actually make a difference in the world.  We are supposed to be learning how to live out our faith while at OC, and this is one way we can do it,” senior committee member Jennifer Gray said.

The second fund-raiser the Schools 4 Schools committee is conducting is a benefit dinner.  This dinner will take place on Jan. 12 at the Memorial Road Church of Christ Summit.  The dinner is specifically for residents of Edmond and Oklahoma City; however, anyone can attend. 

The cost of the dinner is $30 per couple and includes dinner, free childcare and valet parking.  There will also be videos and a silent auction taking place during the dinner. The proceeds from this event go directly to the Gulu Secondary School.

“The purpose of the dinner is to raise money and awareness for Schools 4 Schools which is in affiliation with Invisible Children.  We want it to be a nice night out for the couples around Edmond, but at the same time, be able to donate to a great cause,” sophomore committee member Chelsea Baker said.

The Schools 4 Schools Committee is asking social clubs to assist in this event.  The club members will be selling tickets, serving food, helping with child care, parking cars and decorating for this event.

“We are asking social service clubs to sell tickets because there is no way the people on the committee know enough people to come to the dinner. We want as many people as possible to come to the dinner, and we thought asking social service clubs to help us sell tickets would be a good way to let more people know about the dinner.  The social service clubs are really being great sports and really helping us by selling tickets.  There is also a prize for the club who sells the most tickets,” Gray said.

Through these fund-raisers, the committee hopes to reach their goal of $10,000. However, more important than the money, the committee hopes to spread awareness about the conditions in Africa.

“If you are not able to give financially to this cause, give through your prayers. Pray continually for something amazing to happen to the children of the Gulu School in Uganda Africa,” sophomore committee member Keisha Golden said.

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