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Horace Mann Recognized by Save Darfur Coalition

The 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.

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 this 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.

The 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 second bowl-a-thon.

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.

Groups and Organizations interested in inviting Horace Mann students to share their presentations, call Horace Mann Middle School at 459-3666 to make arrangements.

For more information on the Darfur genocide or to make a donation on behalf of Horace Mann Middle School, visit where there is also a photographic presentation featuring Horace Mann students and their service-learning project in action.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
February 24, 2009