Save Darfur Coalition's Dollars for Darfur National School Challenge
has named Horace Mann Middle School February School of the Month.
Students of Teams 7-1 and 8-1 joined together for this year's third
annual Save Darfur service-learning project/campaign.
studying the Holocaust in their integrated language arts and social
studies classes in spring 2007, students learned about the current
genocide happening today in Darfur. Sudan. Inspired by Gandhi's quote,
"Be the change you want to see in the world," 124 seventh grade Team
7-1 students researched and then created public service announcements,
personal statements and brochures, and wrote letters to Wisconsin
politicians to promote awareness.
They then set
out to fundraise by sponsoring a Dance for Darfur, hosting a brat fry
and bake sale, and placing donation boxes at local businesses.
"Dew for Darfur" promotion was a student-generated idea where students
could buy a can of Mountain Dew for a friend with a special message
indicating their thanks for "dewing" for Darfur. The motivation behind
the campaign was to spread school-wide awareness of the genocide in
Darfur and increase student involvement. Many students also bought and
proudly wore Save Darfur t-shirts and sweatshirts from the Save Darfur
A total of $1,844.66 was raised during this 2007 campaign, and all proceeds were sent to the Save Darfur Coalition.
Mann's second campaign took place in late spring of 2008, with sixth
grade students from Team 6-3 joining the Team 7-1 students in their
efforts to raise money and promote awareness. Expanding on 2007's
successful campaign, this new group of 180 students participated in a
bowl- a-thon and added a car wash to their second annual Save Darfur
brat fry/ bake sale. The Dew for Darfur campaign was tweaked by adding
the sale of orange soda cans, making the new slogan, "Orange you gonna
Dew for Darfur?"
The $3,445.27 raised by this
group was donated to Dollars for Darfur in the fall of 2008. The
students were notified in January that their efforts would be
recognized by being featured as the February 2009 School of the Month
for the Dollars for Darfur National School Challenge.
students' third campaign is currently underway with fundraising to take
place throughout the end of April. This year's projects involve
seventh graders from Team 7-1, along with eighth graders from Team 8-1.
Many of this year's students are veterans from
last year's group. A "Have A Heart" promotion took place during lunch
with students purchasing Valentine treats for their friends,
encouraging them to "Have a Heart" for the children suffering in
Darfur. Another new fundraising idea will be a Save Darfur t-shirt
design contest. T-shirts featuring the winning design will be sold
school wide. Plans are being made for the third "Dew for Darfur"
campaign and a Dance for Darfur to be held in March. In April, students
will once again hold a brat fry/bake sale and raise pledges for their
Students' goals this year
will focus on getting the Sheboygan community involved by having
students give presentations they created to local organizations and
businesses. The goal is to add to their current donation in hopes of
raising $8,000.00 by the April 30, 2009 deadline.
and Organizations interested in inviting Horace Mann students to share
their presentations, call Horace Mann Middle School at 459-3666 to make
For more information on the Darfur genocide or to make a donation on behalf of Horace Mann Middle School, visit www.savedarfur.org where there is also a photographic presentation featuring Horace Mann students and their service-learning project in action.