CALIFORNIA STUDENTS RAISE FUNDS FOR THE G.R.A.C.E. OVC PROGRAM
On a recent Friday afternoon, eighth graders Logan, Chris and Elliot joined classmates Hassan Abdulla, Leo Wizelman and CaelanWilkie-Rogers to set up a long counter on the grounds of the East Bay School for Boys. They laid out the frying pans, the sandwich ingredients and homemade root beer and prepared to serve the line of staff, students, parents and friends already gathering to buy their toasted Panini sandwiches. All proceeds were to be donated to Grassroots Alliance for Community Education (G.R.A.C.E.).
Hassan Abdulla(Center) and his classmates after the worthy cause.
Three hours later, $615 had been received, expenses of $210 paid, $405 available for G.R.A.C.E. and a dozen sandwiches taken out to the street to feed the homeless.
When asked what led them to this activity, they said: “ to help others, test the possibility of using a food truck as a fundraising tool and to have fun.”
They felt strongly that it was best for G.R.A.C.E. to use the funds where Kenyan orphans had the most critical needs. They learned that $5 could feed an orphan for a month and $160 could provide a child-headed household with a dairy goat for milk and for producing kids for income.
The students were particularly grateful to Jason, Kyle and Karina who were “superkind”as well as to Gus and Daijon.
G.R.A.C.E. thanks the students for their generosity of spirit. Their gift will make a difference to the lives of many. It was wonderful that a small group of 13 to 14 year old boys could reach out to the needy. We are grateful for the way that the EBSB school community came together to help the less fortunate.