Lincoln-Way Central Students Launch Fundraiser to Help Save Refugees
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Lincoln-Way Central High School students enrolled in Advanced Placement Human Geography learned about the Syrian refugee crisis, students sprang into action.

Students in Mrs. Roberta Pehles class launched a fundraiser for Save the Children and in one week, raised nearly $1,100.00 from their classmates and teachers.

I introduced our chapter on migration by talking about the refugee crisis in Europe and the students were appalled by the tragedy, Pehle said. Right away, they asked what they could do to help. I am so proud of our students for their compassion and for the initiative they took to help make a difference for those in need.

Students brainstormed in class and decided to collect money during their lunch hours and donate it to the nonprofit organization, Save the Children. Approximately 20 students took the lead, hanging posters throughout the school and spreading the word about their cause. Students purchased candy themselves to sell during their lunch hours.

This is an important cause because the Syrian refugees have nothing except the clothes on their back, said student Allison Kikkert.

Student Jerry Genova was a leader in the project and took an active role to organize the fundraising initiative.

This is a huge issue in our world and its upsetting that no one is talking about it, Genova said. We wanted to raise awareness and Im so pleased by how much we were able to raise.

Genova said in their studies they learned that Europe will accept 20,000 refugees over the next year which inspired the United States to take in 10,000.

In class, we each get a country to study and mine is Turkey. I kept reading about refugees taking a boat across the ocean, looking for better lives, said Maddie Karlson. As a class, we really wanted to do something to make a difference.