Middle School and Upper School Participate in Tutudesk Campaign
The Middle School and Upper School will be participating in the Tutudesk Campaign, an initiative with which the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta has also been engaged. Today in Chapel, Middle School students heard about the project from The Rev. David Wagner, Middle School chaplain, and Dr. Catherine Meeks, guest speaker from the Absalom Jones Center in Atlanta.
The Tutudesk Campaign is an organization started by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu that provides lap desks for students throughout sub-Saharan Africa. These desks address a problem that many schools in developing countries face: more than 95 million children do not have access to a classroom desk or any kind of dedicated writing surface. As a result, functional literacy development is greatly compromised as students often have to try awkwardly to write on their laps or have to kneel and bend over as they try to write on the floor. These desks offer children their own workstation and improve the likelihood of literacy and academic progress.
“For HIES—a school that develops in students a love of learning, respect for self and others, faith in God, and a sense of service to the world community—this project is right up our alley.” Fr. Wagner said, “We can use our love of learning to empower others to learn as well, and by helping fellow children of God in the world community, we can practice respect for others—even those across the globe.”
Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13, and continuing through Monday, Feb. 25, we will be collecting cash donationsto help the Tutudesk Campaign provide students with desks. Each desk costs $20to make and send to a school. The Middle School has set a goal to raise enough money to send 96 desks—a total of $1,920—to Selborne School, an elementary school in South Africa. Any funds collected beyond this total will assist the Tutudesk Campaign in their quest to provide 20 million desks to 20 million children by 2025. The Upper School will also be raising funds to participate in the campaign.
Total collections will be announced in Middle School Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Read Fr. Wagner’s letter to Middle School families about the Tutudesk Campaign here.