Cedar­town stu­dents raise funds for Nicaragua school

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Fundrais­ing ef­forts by Cedar­town Mid­dle School stu­dents have trans­formed the lives of chil­dren in Nicaragua fol­low­ing more than a year of work on a school-wide project.

The school’s hefty goal of “Dream Big, Make a Dif­fer­ence and Change our World” saw stu­dents band to­gether to raise $20,000 through a va­ri­ety of fundrais­ing ef­forts for the new build­ing in the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try.

Cedar­town Mid­dle me­dia and tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ist Laura Cox said the school’s stu­dent- driven ef­forts in­cluded the sale of T-shirts, stick­ers, hand­made jew­elry and greet­ing cards, col­lect­ing all their loose change and an Elf con­test for the teachers.

Mone­tary do­na­tions were also made through the me­dia cen­ter by giv­ing back book fines and school sup­plies to the project as well. Their ef­forts paid off. The community of Kayasca, Nicaragua got a new school in to use this year, and stu­dents there are al­ready uti­liz­ing the class­rooms.

Cox said the project in­cluded sev­eral trips down to Nicaragua for Jen­nifer Tucker and Paige Gray, who also head up the school’s World Chang­ers club.

“Ed­u­ca­tors, in gen­eral, al­ways have an un­der­ly­ing goal of teach­ing our stu­dents to con­sider, un­der­stand, and re­spect their place in the world both lo­cally and glob­ally with ev­ery stan­dard or unit that we teach,” Cox said.

Contributed photos Stu­dents en­joy their new school in Kayasca, Nicaragua.

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