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Christchurch School Honor Society raises funds for Sudanese school

For six years, Christchurch School Community Service Coordinator Dr. Laurie White has organized Christchurch students and faculty to raise money for, and participate in, Hope for Humanity’s annual Walk for Sudan in Richmond.

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Members of the CCS National Honor Society include, front row from left, Libbie Randolph, Elie Smith, Hyun Soo Kim, Haraum Cho, Kevin Chang, Laura Ransone and Sarah Jones; back row, Thomas Joo, Hannah Lidicker, Nicholas Przybyl and John Radcliffe.
Monies from the annual event were used to build the Hope and Resurrection Secondary School, which opened in March of last year in the village of Atiaba in southern Sudan. The school has 10 classrooms in two buildings, and is one of only two secondary schools in the entire region. Some students travel hours each way daily to attend.

Since the start of the Sudanese civil war in 1983, education has been denied and unavailable to most of the people of southern Sudan. Southern Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, with only 20% of its people able to read.

The Christchurch School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is partnering with the Hope and Resurrection School. NHS members created a beautiful banner to send to the Sudanese students and they are exchanging scrapbooks, picture and letters. NHS is also working to raise more money to be used for textbooks, desks, meals and scholarships.

posted 02.19.2009

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