Letters to the Editor, April 11, 2009
April 11, 2009
On behalf of SNS Project Inkwell and EcoVerdance Inc., I send my heartfelt thanks to Principal Bob O’Connor and the teachers and 700 students of Treasure Mountain International School in Park City who attended the the SNS Project Inkwell Africa sister school connection assembly at Eccles Auditorium on March 27. This was followed by enthusiastic, well-considered presentations by teachers and students with fundraising ideas and student-created podcasts.
David Morris, CEO of project partner EcoVerdance, David Ssejinja, project partner and founder of the Ssejinja Children’s Foundation, and I spoke for an hour at this introduction to an absolutely still and silent auditorium filled with 700 middle-school students, until Q&A time. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to answer all of the questions, and dozens of students lined up to ask, "What else can I do to help our sister school students?" The success, passion, and excitement the students have for this program was very apparent, and moving beyond words. Park City Mayor Dana Williams appeared to be equally moved, committing his full support to this program and offering to work with the students on raising funds for their new sister school students at the St. Johnson Orphanage School in Bira, Uganda.
Bravo to our own Treasure Mountain which is about to change the lives of many children in Bira, who now know they are not forgotten, and who will have new hope for a brighter future.
Program director, SNS Project Inkwell and Project Inkwell Africa,
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