Students from four stateline middle schools teamed up for a unique fundraiser to benefit the Little Angels School and Orphanage in Uganda, Africa. Students pledged $5 each to do something that isn’t easy for them: observe a Day of Silence.
Roscoe Middle School student Skylar Larson says, “We bought stickers from National Junior High Society members around the building and we just stuck them on our shirt. And we tried our hardest to stay silent throughout the day, which was a lot harder than we thought it was gonna be.”
To promote the Day of Silence, students learned about the Little Angels School and shared information with their classmates about what life is like for students there.
Shirland Middle School student Jessie Wieland says, “I learned that not everyone gets the chance to go to school like we do. And the things we take for granted other places in the world do not even get the chance to have.”
Getting local students involved in a global organization to have a greater world view was one goal of the project. Superintendent of Kinnikinnick schools Keli Freedlund says, “So many of our kids are pretty isolated here in Roscoe and Rockton.”
Students were surprised to learn about the conditions at the Little Angels School. The classrooms have dirt floors, no doors or glass windows. They lack basic school supplies and only the teachers have text books. Seeing pictures of the school was eye opening.
Willowbrook Middle School student Sydney Fago says, “As students we take things for granted and we get, like, whatever we want most of the time. The kids in Uganda they don’t get that everyday and stuff. So they have to like, really work for it and stuff like we don’t have to.”
And the more they learned about kids in Africa, the more local students say they appreciate their school.
Stephen Mack Middle School student Joseph Kasel says, “I’m so blessed to be able to go to school five days a week, pretty much nine months a year and learn all this wonderful knowledge.”
Freedlund agrees, adding, “They have a lot to be very thankful for. They live in a community and a society that absolutely values their education and wants the very best for them. And will give them all the tools to make that necessary for them as they get older.”