McDaid Elementary and St. Patrick’s high school students are engaged in a fundraising project and asking the public to help.

They are hoping to raise at least $3,000 to replace textbooks and school supplies for children from an orphanage and school that burned to the ground in April in an impoverished area of western Kenya. Optometrist Kim Baxter will soon be traveling there on an eye care mission. 

A few years ago, these students took on a similar project. 

At that time, Baxter was preparing to go to Kenya to provide eye care and give donated eyeglasses to poor people there. McDaid sixth grader Ben Hankla (Baxter’s TeamMates mentee), along with classmates Jack Condon, Oliwia Wiezorek, Gianna Pieper and Justin Davies, set out to raise money for a new water pump for a children’s school there, where half the students are orphans.

With the support of St. Patrick’s church parishioners, as well as parents and teachers from the schools, they raised enough money to buy the pump, plus purchased some mattresses and bedding for other children at another orphanage.

The students have made presentations at the three Catholic parishes in North Platte as well as the schools. They are asking for assistance from other churches, civic organizations, and the community at large.

If you would like to help in this effort, you can drop off (or mail) your donation  (prior to Jan.17 if possible) to McDaid Elementary or St. Patrick’s High School. If you write a check, please make it out to “North Platte Rotary Club” and write “Kenya School project” in the item line.

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