Community High School District 94

326 Joliet Street, West Chicago IL 60185

Contact:  Mary Randle's email, 630/876-6556
Community Relations Coordinator

PRESS RELEASE

April 26, 2006

CHS's We-Go 2 Africa Project Reaches Goal

The Community Leadership Class at West Chicago Community High School will hold a special assembly Thursday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium to celebrate meeting its goal of raising $10,000 for We-Go 2 Africa, a project to build a school in Angola, Africa.

The 33 students in the class raised money by organizing change drives, selling tee shirts, making class presentations and holding a teacher sumo-wrestling tournament. They also made presentations to local businesses and organizations asking for support and donations. A generous contribution from the West Chicago VFW Post # 6791 and Auxiliary helped the project exceed its goal.

"Community High School has come together to help a less fortunate community in Angola," stated Community Leadership instructor, Mary Ellen Daneels. "The Freshmen Small Learning Communities have been collecting school supplies for the children. The Sophomore Smaller Learning Communities are raising money for textbooks. The Teacher's Association hosted a pancake breakfast to support the students in this project. Individual teachers have held change drives in their classes to raise support. In the end, students have learned that they can make a difference in their world."

"People have asked us why help Africa, why not people in the United States? We realize that there are a many problems in the United States, but here everyone has the opportunity to have an education. Here, there is the hope that if you work hard; you can bring yourself up. In Angola, due to the 27-year civil war, an entire generation is without an education. They are without hope. We can make a difference in their lives. Education can help turn this country around." stated Phyllida Kornoski, a senior in the Community Leadership class.

The Mission Statement of the We-Go 2 Africa project is, "Provide the people of rural Angola an opportunity for a better life through education that will address literacy and healthcare issues, as well as provide an atmosphere for their democracy to thrive."

RISE International, an organization that allies with Angolan churches, community leaders and government officials to build primary schools in rural Angola, has partnered with We-Go 2 Africa. The class will present Lynn Cole, president of RISE International, with the check for $10,000 at the May 18th assembly. The class’s instructor, Mary Ellen Daneels, plans to visit Angola, where she will help build the school.

Community High School will continue its relationship with its Angolan school in the future. Contributions are still being accepted to fund a shipping container to be sent to Angola in the fall. The West Chicago Middle School has committed to help with the continuing effort. Other business and community partnerships are welcome.

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