Weddington High School fundraiser project reaches out to schools in Panama
Buying a chicken biscuit in Wesley Chapel Tuesday, Feb. 7 helped students in South America buy supplies. In an effort to raise money for the Bocas School Project, Weddington High School and its cluster elementary schools held a fundraiser at the Chick-Fil-A in Wesley Chapel Tuesday evening. Money raised at the event will go to support schools in Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Weddington High School recently began supporting the Bocas Project as a school-wide initiative to reach out to global communities. They learned about the Bocas Project through New Global Citizens, an organization that provides youth with the opportunity to “become engaged global citizens who embrace their critical role as leaders, philanthropists and change agents.”
The students were surprised to learn that 30 percent of people living in Bocas del Toro live at or beneath the poverty line.
“We’re in a very fortunate spot (here in America),” Carson Rich, Weddington High student body president, said. “We have everything we need. It’s important to use the position we have to reach out to those without the same educational opportunities.”
The event took place from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening. Students and faculty from Weddington High School and Antioch, Weddington and Wesley Chapel Elementary Schools, showed up to support the endeavor.
Chick-Fil-A donated 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds to support the Bocas School Project, which gives water, food, clothes and school supplies to the children of Bocas. Student council members also set up a table to collect donations and distribute information about the
Weddington students are finding other ways to support the Bocas School Project, including a loose change drive at the school. The project stretches donations to cover as much as possible, with $20 funding one uniform, $50 covering a student’s food for an entire year and $100 paying for a teacher.