As part of the American School of Doha’s focus on Global Citizenship and Community Service Learning, fifth grade students recently contributed funds to help build a school in Kenya. The Machakos Education Center is an ongoing project for ASD and students were thrilled to contribute by raising funds.
Many children in Africa walk an hour or more each way in order to attend school. To understand what that is like, and to show them support, fifth grade students and others walked the track one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon.
“One of our values is compassion,” said fifth grade student Payton, “and we are putting it into action by sharing the experience of walking to school. The money raised will help students in Kenya have a school that is closer, and this will increase their learning time.”
Students, parents and other members of the ASD community came out to walk, run, and have fun in an engaging event that has become a tradition. “Fifth grade students have organized this fundraiser for several years and it helps them connect to others,” explained Walk-a-thon Teacher-Sponsor Alli Farmer. “The walk is supported with classroom activities that help the kids understand the world around them. It’s a week that extends their learning and encourages them to be global citizens.”
Grade 5 Teacher