From August 2008 Newsletter (Volume 3, Issue 2)
Volunteers, donors and members of the Asante Africa network have found creative ways to give the gift of education. Much of the activity comes from students and teens who have mobilized with innovative ideas and lots of energy. Some fundraising is the result of our Kenya Maasai partners’ visit to schools throughout the Bay area. Other activities are simply fueled by the great network of people with a commitment to the programs and children of Asante Africa.
- After a visit from Maasai warriors Salaton Ole’ Ntutu and Sabore Ole Oiye, a fifth grade class at Sunset School in Livermore, CA collected $260 in their “loose change campaign.”
- Foothill High freshman, Stephanie, threw herself birthday party where the “price” of admission was a child’s back-pack. Stephanie and her party guests received a special treat when Salaton and Sabore joined the festivities in Pleasanton, CA to personally thank them for their generosity.
- On the East Coast, Miriam Dreyer’s fifth graders held a read-a-thon, netting more than $2800. This motivating and educational idea is great for students of all ages. It shows that through learning and literacy we can support less fortunate children half a world away who wish for the same opportunities. For more information on how to host or coordinate a read-a-thon, take a look at the toolkit and follow the easy steps.
- As summer temperatures rise, lemonade stands are raising funds for Asante Africa in Alabama, Florida and Texas. With just a few flyers to promote their businesses, Mobile resident Antonia (age 4) and Avery (age 6) of Texas have set up stands in their respective towns. They’re busy raising awareness and dollars in business lobbies and neighborhoods.
- “Teenager at heart” Mike Carter threw himself a birthday party in Livermore, CA and made Asante Africa the recipient of $600 in birthday gift donations.
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