The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 15, 2000


Seventh graders lend a helping hand

A seventh-grade project last year involved sending 50 school kits and 50 health kits to the organization Free the Children. In a letter from Vanessa Currie, the Free the Children School and Health Kit Coordinator, she thanked the Carlisle students and said that the kits would be sent in shipments to Ecuador and Uganda. She said, "In the city of Quito in Ecuador, there is a dump, which is home to approximately 300 children and the work environment of hundreds more. These children work all day in horrible conditions to salvage what they can from the city's garbage. None of them go to school. Free the Children is in contact with an organization that has secured a building near the dump and will provide literacy classes to these children starting in September. There is also a great need for supplies in Uganda."

Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson said, "We commend these seventh graders for reaching out and making the kits." According to school committee member Suzanne Whitney Smith, this project evolved from the advisor/advisee program for the class.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito