Last Friday, the Middle School Community of Excellence Club raised $1,005 in support of Syrian refugee children. The club hosted a bake sale during parent-teacher conferences on November 6. While GSB students officially had that day off, several club members came to campus to man the bake sale tables, one in Conover and one in Cox, and to talk with parents about the cause they were supporting.
According to Middle School Director Kyle Armstrong, "The initiative was run entirely by the students – from the initial idea to the advertising to coordinating the bake sale." He adds, "We are extremely proud of our students for recognizing and responding to the needs of children who are thousands of miles away."
When asked how they chose this particular cause, the students in the club highlighted the urgency and the injustice of the situation. Speaking to the immediacy of the problem, Edward McCarthy '20 said, "One of those children could end up changing the world some day with a genius idea, but that will never happen unless the children have access to food, water and shelter right now." Luke Mariak '20 added, "They haven’t done anything wrong. They didn’t start a war, and they deserve a chance to have a good life." Echoing Mariak’s remarks, V. Matthew Steinbaum '20 and Andrew Lutz '20 offered, "We have so many opportunities here, and millions of children are lacking necessities like food, clothing and the chance to go to school." In addition to hosting the bake sale, the club posted flyers throughout the campus that read "Children Don’t Start Wars. Save Syria’s Children."
The funds raised from the bake sale are being donated to Save the Children, an organization chosen by the club.
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