WATCHUNG – The Student Council at Mount Saint Mary Academy has been focused on a cause close to the hearts of each of the school’s students – girls’ education. As a result of their efforts, the campus organization has helped 70 girls in the developing world attend school this academic year alone. Over the past three years, Mount students have funded the education of 190 young women abroad.
The Student Council began the initiative in 2009 and during the 2011-2012 school year, the group launched the 50-50 Challenge, a campaign aimed at paying for the schooling, books, food, and clothing of young girls in need in Africa and Southeast Asia. The name of the project came from the increments of funds the Student Council hoped to raise; fifty dollars allows one student in the developing world to attend school for an entire year.
“It meant a lot to us to help other young women,” said Student Council Executive Board President and Mount senior Jennifer Thomas of Iselin. “We recognize how fortunate we are and want to help others to have the opportunities that we do.”
The most recent effort to raise funds and awareness for the campaign came on April 30 when Mount students organized the “Miles for Mercy Walk-a-Thon” at the school’s Angels of Victory Track and Field Complex. The acts of fundraising have been varied – from campus coffee house events to silver coin races – but the theme always remains the same.
“[The goal] is to bring about awareness and educate the students about the tragedies that young girls in developing countries are facing,” said Student Council Moderator Madeline Soccodato. “It’s what we as women can do to raise awareness and support the Mercy Sponsored Works that would educate women so they can have a better future.”
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