The floor is usually the last place you'd want to sit for class.
"Your butt hurts after a while and your back," says Jessica during Chemistry class at Central High.
But that's exactly what more than 50 students did today at the high school to imitate the conditions of some classrooms in Africa. "They want an education so badly that they are willing to sit on the floor," says Clare Felletter. It was Felletter's idea to bring the "day without desks" event to the classroom.
"You rarely see a fundraiser that has such a big awareness thing. And I really wanted to get people in the school excited about it too," says Felletter.
Even though the idea for the project started in the service learning classroom it spread throughout the school. Students are also wearing green shirts to spread awareness throughout the community. Even teachers got in on the action.
"Right now my knee hurts pretty bad and yah that chair over there is pretty comfortable, it's padded and cushioned and everything," says Central High Teacher Brandon Milholland.
Milholland is Felletter's service learning teacher and says, "everybody is supporting this and she's done such a fantastic job with the promotion of it."
The money raised will go to the Invisible Children Foundation to help build schools in Northern Uganda. And for Felletter it was more than just sitting on the floor for a day. Felletter says,"my goal was to get the project big enough so we could do it next year and every year after that." Felletter says, about sitting down all day, "your leg falls asleep and they you get tired of sitting, it's actually really uncomfortable." All worth it in the end so that maybe one day students in another country won't have to endure the cold hard floor while they learn.
If you would like to help with the fundraiser you can contact Central High School at 970-260-3681. Or email question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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