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New Global Awareness Class Advocates for House of Hope
Mrs. Sarah Stottâ€™s New Global Awareness class invited Representative Craig Horn from the NC House of Representatives to visit their class and learn more about their project to help the House of Hope in Uganda. Their goal is to raise $5000 by June 2012. The visit was initiated at a town hall meeting in September with NC Speaker of the House Thomas Tillis. After the meeting, Tillis gave senior Josh Wilson Mr. Hornâ€™s business card, and a contact resulted in the class visit on December 5, 2011. The students hoped to gain Hornâ€™s advocacy for their House of Hope Project.
Several student representatives explained to Representative Horn the various aspects of their project. Elena Wandzilak gave Horn an overview of the class project and why they chose to help the House of Hope. According to www.globalgiving.org, â€˜The House of Hope provides aid and education to the orphans of the area, most of whom lost their parents due to HIV related illnesses.â€™ Megan Sullivan explained the fundraising events the class - which has also grown into a club - has conducted and planned so far including change wars, basket raffles and Links for Change. Jackie McDonald described the class efforts of raising student awareness including showing videos at lunch and posting facts about Uganda on the school announcements. Josh Wilson gave Mr. Horn pamphlets designed by Rachel Wells that explain the class project and asked if he would distribute them to any influential friends he might have, and Mr. Horn agreed. â€œOutcomes are not guaranteed,â€ he said. â€œAll I can guarantee is effort.â€
Horn went on to give the class advice on how to increase the success of reaching their goal. He encouraged the students to use a personal touch. â€œTalk to us and not at us,â€ he said. â€œA cut and paste email is at us. Want to be impressive? Write a letter.â€ Horn acknowledged that Facebook, Twitter, and websites were all useful communication tools, however, they should not forget about the phone. â€œItâ€™s amazing how effective that can be,â€ he said. He encouraged the students to contact Town Hall to find out when city council meetings were and ask to get on the agenda. â€œSpeak up!â€ he said, â€œTalk to each other and not at each other. The real work is one on one.â€
If you would like more information of the New Global Awareness project please contact Mrs. Sarah Stott. Please stay in touch by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, or by sending us an email. If you are able, please consider donating virtually by going to this link. NGC will keep track of all donations and will add it to our team's funds. Everyone who donates online will receive a letter from NGC and a NGC tax credit.
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Written by: Paula White, Media Coordinator
Posted: Dec 08, 2011 by Paula White