Schools for Schools exceeds goal
Monday, January 28, 2008
By Guest Writer
After many fundraisers and a lot of hard work, Schools for Schools at
Oklahoma Christian University has raised more than $15,000 for Gulu
Senior Secondary School in Northern Uganda.
The Schools for Schools committee has been raising money to supply
teachers, furniture, libraries, labs, technology and plumbing for
schools in Uganda since September of 2007.
Schools for Schools Coordinator Chelsea Jones said Schools for Schools
is about students from all over the world joining together to help
other students in need.
Jones said Schools for Schools is not only about fundraising, but it is
also about coming together as the youth of the nation and reaching out
to students in need in Africa.
“Schools for Schools is about thinking globally. It’s about seeing a
need and acting on it, even if it is across the world,” Jones said. “It
is about advocating for freedom from poverty and access to education as
well as helping grant them the education we so often take for granted.”
The money raised was a combination of $1 coloring sheets, T-shirt
sales, CD sales, a benefit dinner and concert, a silent auction and
Schools for Schools volunteer Kay Lynn Gunn is thankful for the students’ willingness to give to this cause.
“I think it’s such a blessing, what we have here,” Gunn said. “I
thoroughly enjoy seeing the giving hearts of all the students here and
seeing people willing to give time and money when they think that they
don’t have it and how they’re willing to search for it and be able to
Schools for Schools’ goal for September through February was $10,000.
The benefit concert brought in $2,490.69, for a total of $15,136.14
raised for Gulu Senior Secondary School.
Schools for Schools volunteer Chelsea Baker never realized how much
$10,000 was and how much work it would take to raise such a large
amount of money.
“When we first started [$10,000] seemed so far away. Things just
came into place, and God was a big provider of that,” Baker said. “He
worked to our benefit for those things. It’s a lot of money, and you
don’t realize it’s so much until you start doing work.”
“This program opened up the eyes of the students on the committee
to see how much students overlook the importance of education,” Gunn
said. “The Ugandan students desperately want what we take for granted.”
Gunn wants to do as much as she can to help the children in Africa.
“They want to be there; it’s not like they’re forced to be there,”
Gunn said. “They really strive to be able to have the privilege to get
to go to a school.”
Americans view education in a much different light than the Ugandan students do.
“After graduation, you go to college, and that’s just the next step
you have to do,” Gunn said. “There, they struggle to make it to middle
Jones said it’s been a great opportunity to be a part of a program changing lives for other students.
“It’s such a huge blessing and especially for these students who
don’t have it,” Jones said. “It’s been awesome to be a part of
something that’s helping to provide that for these students.”
The U.S. has eight districts with 20 schools, each raising money for
eight high schools in Uganda. Because Oklahoma Christian raised more
than $10,000, four students will have the opportunity to travel to
Washington, D.C. for a conference in February.
If Oklahoma Christian raises the most money in its district, a student
from the university will be able to travel to Uganda to visit Gulu
Senior Secondary School.
Jones is very proud of everyone at Oklahoma Christian who has donated time or money to Schools for Schools.
“We’re proud of the way OC has responded, and we’re thankful for their generous donations,” Jones said.
Jones is selfless and humble regarding her role in Schools for Schools.
“This is a small step to think more globally and to think outside of
ourselves and our world,” Jones said. “It’s really not about us.