Guest Column: Brick by Brick: Support students in effort to raise funds for Free the Children

By Ashlyn Horton
Eighth Grade Student, Montessori at Marshall

Maria Montessori students are paving the way for girls’ education, one brick at a time. Learning about mind-boggling statistics on rates of girls’ education in Third World countries has shaped Montessori students into forces of nature, taking action in Kenya.

Having teamed up with Free the Children, a nonprofit, international organization that encourages children and teens to take action in their community, as well as their world, Montessori students are ready to give it their all.

Having raised almost $13,000 two years prior to build a well in South Sudan (now operational), students are prepped and ready to take on another global action. A single brick can be adopted for $20. Five-hundred total bricks are the equivalent of our anticipated efforts.

Determined to raise the $10,000, students are fund-raising in all sorts of ways, including movie nights, Scoopie Nights at Culver’s, a flapjack breakfast at Applebee’s, as well as dropping donation boxes at local salons, churches and libraries.

Now, we need your help. If you would like to donate money, you can mail a check to Thurgood Marshall School (4664 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103), made out to Free the Children with “Brick by Brick” on the memo line. E-mail amy.orvis@rps205 for more information and any questions.

Please pave the way with us.

From the June 4-10, 2014, issue

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