Working together to transition freshmen & transform schools from the bottom up!
Last year Huntington High School (West Virginia) and Salem High School (Virginia) partnered in the Walk for Africa - One Life to Make a Difference. This walk was the service project for freshmen at both schools. We shared with each other through video conferencing and through a common One Life to Make a Difference ning. The freshmen raised over $12,000. By partnering with World Vision, we were able to donate the money to funds that were matched many times over by the U.S. government and corporations. The final impact of the walk by these ninth graders was over $100,000 for some of the world's most vulnerable children.
Teachers at both schools want to teach students that anyone can make a difference if they choose to serve. We want them to know that they don't have to wait to grow up to start making that difference. This year we have one more school in Arkansas and a few in West Virginia who have expressed interest in joining this project.
Teachers at Salem just set up a Facebook page called One Life to Make a Difference. We are in the very early stages of planning for this year's walk. This Facebook page will be used to share many of the ideas that we have for promoting the walk with our students. It will also give details on how we offer t-shirts with our One Life to Make a Difference logo emblazoned on the front. There is not much information there now, but it will be growing as the days go by.
This year will mark the fourth year of the walk at Salem HIgh School. We now have students from all classes wearing their t-shirts to school on a regular basis. We will be asking the upper classmen to support our walk this year by wearing their t-shirts on the day of our walk. We are looking forward to a day where most of the school will wear their One Life to Make a Difference t-shirts.
Our walk is traditionally held on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We have the actual walk during the first three periods on that day. Most teachers of other classes understand that this day is not the best instructional day of the year and are more willing than usual to allow their students to join in this great service project.
Josh Ratliff at Huntington High School and I hope you will check out the Facebook page and consider adding your school to the list of schools participating in this worthwhile cause. Please contact us through this ning if you are interested. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are not ready to participate as a school but would like to support us, we would like to hear from you as well.