Continue projects to serve the children of South Sudan
By Michele Dotson
April 11 was Global Youth Service Day, and students in the Academy of International Studies (AIS) at Independence High School celebrated their successes in helping to provide a school and clean drinking water for the children of South Sudan.
For the past three years AIS students have been working to raise awareness and funds for children living in substandard conditions in a tiny country in northeastern Africa.
“In 2011, we held a spaghetti dinner and raised $1,500 for the school in South Sudan,” says senior Rachel Casale, who is president of the Interact Club. “In 2012, we sponsored the Carry the Jerry 5K to help fund clean water at the school, and we raised $2,000.”
Casale explained to the attentive crowd that in 2013, AIS students participated in the Any1Can Project where over 2,000 area students designed t-shirts raising awareness about a variety of global issues such as peace, education, water conservation, tolerance, hunger, and poverty.
Winning t-shirt designs were chosen for final voting, and the top t-shirt in each category was professionally created and made available commercially with proceeds going to efforts in South Sudan.
Independence senior Miller Earnhardt won for her design promoting education.
The Any1Can project was again the focus of this year’s Global Youth Service Day, with students designing their t-shirts for this year’s competition.
Although participations had the option of choosing from any of the categories, with recent tribal violence threatening the young country, students were encouraged to design a t-shirt that answers the question, ‘What does peace look like to me?’”
T-shirts are displayed in the school’s main open area, known as “the mall,” until after spring break when the winners will be chosen to move on to the next level of competition.
PHOTOS BY MICHELE DOTSON
peace 1-Independence High School senior Rachel Casale, President of the Interact Club, explains the efforts that have been made to provide a school and clean drinking water for South Sudan. Casale has been instrumental in the efforts for the past three years.
peace 2-After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.