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The sister school project

Skye Moooney, Treasure Mountain International School

Learning to be open to cultures, world views, and customs that are different from our own are all pieces of an International Baccalaureate school. Each student has an option to participate in a program that opens unforgettable opportunities. Whether or not he or she would like to take the risk of expanding horizons and strengthening personal beliefs is up to each individual. But everyone is required to participate in Treasure Mountain International School’s (TMIS) newest project: The St. Johnson Orphanage School in Bira, Uganda.

In an assembly attended by the Park City High School classes of 2012 and 2013, an emotionally moved audience watched as several speakers including David Ssejinja of the Ssejinja Children’s Foundation spoke of the struggles the children in Uganda face. Usually lively and restless junior high and freshmen students were dead silent as they were exposed to the differences and similarities between them and the orphans. They were all touched in a way they hadn’t been before, and it made everyone eager to start benefiting and communicating with the children in Uganda.

It was after that that the "Communicating with Technology" idea was proposed. Treasure Mountain is now working to raise $3,000 to be used towards buying a laptop or laptops to be sent to the orphans. As we have been studying in our English classes, communication has evolved and there are more efficient ways to tell our story and mark our place in history. By making communication through modern technology possible, we can expand our borders and give the term "pen pals" a whole new meaning.

Sometimes people can underestimate the power they have in changing the world. Treasure Mountain students like myself learned this, and we are now doing all we can to help our sister school. We are hoping for participation from the community as well, but knowing that each student is contributing and making an effort is enough to make the bond within our school stronger than ever. A life has a value that isn’t measurable, and that is an insight students have gained through this program. As Albert Einstein said, "The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving." We are working to better our lives by helping those in need, and that is what the sister school project is really about.

We can make our impact on the world but need support from the Park City community in order to do it. Donations are treasured, and any amount helps. Donations can be dropped off at Treasure Mountain International School, and checks can be made to the school as well. All proceeds will be used to benefit the sister school, as well as make the International Communication Proposal come to life as soon as possible. This is a cause that improves deprived students’ lives. The children attending the St. Johnson Orphanage School in Bira, Uganda, have very little. With your help, we can change the lives of those less fortunate, and we, as the Park City community, can make our impact on the world.

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