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Horace Mann Recognized by Save Darfur Coalition

Horace Mann Middle School is ranked in the "Top 5" in terms of their contributions to Save Darfur Coalition the past three years.

Students have been invited to Washington DC June 10 -12 to receive an award in recognition of their contributions. Two students and two staff members will be going. The two students won a school essay contest to earn their spot on the trip. They will head to the capital with their teachers, Tammy Damrow and Amy Renzelmann.

Earlier this year students of Teams 7-1 and 8-1 joined together for this year's third annual Save Darfur service-learning project/campaign.

After 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.

A "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 Coalition.

A total of $1,844.66 was raised during the 2007 campaign, and all proceeds were sent to the Save Darfur Coalition.

Horace 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.

This year the students' third campaign took place throughout the end of April. This year's projects involved 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 was a Save Darfur t-shirt design contest. T-shirts featuring the winning design were sold school wide. A third "Dew for Darfur" campaign and a Dance for Darfur was held in March. In April, a brat fry/bake sale and pledges were raised for their second bowl-a-thon.

Students' goals this year was to focus on getting the Sheboygan community involved. The students raised $6,545.97 by the April 30, 2009 deadline.

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.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
July 3, 2009