Palm Beach Gardens, FL – This spring, the Rev. Jim Cook spoke to St. Mark’s students about the plight of Kenyan school children. “There are so many young people in Kenya who dream of going to high school,” explained Fr. Cook. “And yet, they are living in circumstances of harsh poverty, very often unable to afford tuition expenses. These young people often live in large families with a parent or grandparent struggling to provide life’s basic necessities.”
Fr. Cook challenged students to raise money through the end of the school year to help send Kenyan children to school through contributions to the Mama Ada Foundation.
On Friday, June 3, during the last Eucharist service of the school year, Ellie Blain and Skylar Hines, eighth grade students and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) officers, presented a check to Fr. Cook; more than $3,200 was raised in support of the challenge! Lower school students have been contributing to the ministry since the beginning of the second semester, and a portion of the proceeds from the middle school snack cart is given annually in support of the Mama Ada Foundation.
As Fr. Cook explained, it costs approximately $350 to send a Kenyan child to school for a year. The goal, between the lower school and the middle school, was to raise enough money to send 10 children to school. Students were invited to bring in contributions on a weekly basis to be collected at lower school Chapel on Wednesdays and at Eucharist on Fridays for both lower and middle school students.
For information about the Mama Ada Foundation, visit their website at:
http://www.mamaadafoundation.org/. Visit www.stmarkspbg.org and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/stmarkslionspbg to learn more about St. Mark’s School.