I have a true story for you:
In October, I got an email regarding Christmas. I know, I know. Christmas starts earlier every year! Can’t say I mind that at all since I love Christmas, but back to the story.
The email was from a friend, Kelly Maxwell, who teaches 2nd Grade at Thorsby Elementary School. She said that her school wanted to be involved in a project like fundraising for desks for the mission school (the fundraiser was later named Dollars for Desks). Last Christmas, people had donated toward this project, but we still needed more desks.
Mucombeze Interior Primary School
I told her we could use about 20 more desks, and she said that the school felt they could fundraise for about two of those. Were they in for a big surprise!
During the first month, things went better than expected.
We just had our first assembly with the students to share with them the idea of raising money to buy desks for your school. I found pictures on your blog (they especially liked the animal pictures) and hopefully will be inspired to do more for others this season. I'll let you know how things go. The final total will be made on Dec 12.”
“Well, the message that I was able to get across has been received very well! There are at least 4 classes that are challenging themselves to raise enough for one desk each!”
Then, things got real crazy…and amazing:
“…I work at the best school anywhere! The kids, staff, parents and community really got behind this project and blew all of our expectations out of the water. These pictures are showing what the kids did to raise money from wearing their hoodie, chewing gum
to sitting with a friend in class, slouching in their seat, selling used toys and books,
I made a scroll and put a picture on for each desk that we raised money for. The kids counted and counted and as the number got bigger they got louder. The final total was 21 desks!!!!
We have never seen anything like this before! The final amount collected was $3747.50!!
SAM Ministries' vice-President, Bill Green (far left) holds his end of the scroll.
SAM Ministries' President, Arthur Lagore (Dwight's dad), receives the donation at the school.
What a wonderful Christmas story! I liked the part where the kids paid to do fun stuff in class. I wished I’d had such open-minded teachers like that when I was growing up! But mostly I liked the fact that the kids did what they could: they got involved and they gave.
Thorsby Elementary School
This event even made its way into the local newspaper. You can read the article by clicking here.
Some highlights of the week:
Yesterday the mission held its annual orphan children’s Christmas dinner/party, which was great fun. I’ll blog about it next week.
Kim completed her 5 month term as a volunteer here last week, so we got together for her farewell meal before taking her to Beira to jet back to the North Pole (aka Canada) in time for Christmas. Thanks for coming Kim.
Some things that didn’t happen last week:
My tree didn’t get put up and my Christmas baking didn’t get done. I have a sneaking suspicion that the line, “one person really can make a difference” applies here too, and that one person is me. I don't think chewing gum and slouching will cut it either, so I'd better get cracking. Christmas time's coming!