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Students host ‘Pencils of Promise’ to help African students


Pearce Junior High School Grade 9 Students Marissa Walsh and Anjola Ogunsina have been working for months with a charity called ‘Pencils of Promise’.

Pearce Junior High School, Burin, students organizing ‘Pencils of Promise’ included (from left): Marissa Walsh, Kelsey Flower, Cole Inkpen, Emily Mallay and Anjola Ogunsina. Photo Submitted

Pencils of Promise or PoP, is a non-profit, for-purpose organization that partners with local communities to build schools and increase educational opportunities for children in Guatemala, Laos, Nicaragua and Ghana.

During a school recess June 8 in the Pearce gymnasium, the two students held a balloon pop event entitled ‘POP 4 PoP’. For just $2 a student got the chance to pop a balloon and get a prize every time.

They put their hearts into planning this event with high hopes of selling all 79 of their balloons. The response took them by surprise!

At the end of recess they were sold out of balloons in only 15 minutes. The two wanted to thank all the students for the amazing support and their three helpers – Emily Mallay, Cole Inkpen and Kelsey Flower.

Now nearing the end of the school year, the Pencils of Promise Club at Pearce has raised not only $1,700 in support of Pencils of Promise, but also plenty of awareness for the organization.

In just four months, Pearce students have raised enough money to educate 68 children.

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