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Students raise funds for Uganda project

Mural begun to build school

January 25, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN , Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - One of the walls in the Houghton High School cafeteria now has a large, colorful mural and the Key Club is looking to make the mural a community project.

Sierra Parker of the Houghton High School Key Club said the group is dedicating this week to raise money for a project in Uganda.

As the high school branch of Kiwanis Club, Key Club members perform community service projects, largely in keeping with Kiwanis' child and family-centered activities.

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Members of the Houghton High School Key Club have established a fundraiser for a schoolhouse project in Uganda. Thursday and Friday, the public is welcome to come to the school and sign a large mural for a small donation.

"The Key Club is sponsoring Uganda Week to raise awareness and funds to build a primary school in Uganda," Parker said.

After the Key Club, with the help of students in the art class, completes the mural in the high school, the club is asking students and members of the community to come out and sign it for a $5 fee. Money raised will be sent to Uganda. Currently, the mural depicts a schoolhouse against a blue sky with white clouds and green grass. Later, Parker said, balloons will be added above the school, as if they are dropping the school from the sky.

"It covers the whole wall," Parker said. "We wanted to do a Uganda schoolhouse in some fashion."

The plan is to have students sign the mural during the first few days of this week, opening the project to the community Thursday and Friday for signatures.

"We hope to get a lot of people," Parker said.

The Key Club looks for projects like these to enhance their communities and the earth. Although they normally do local service projects, Parker hopes this project has lasting effect.

"Our contribution is the mural," she said.

The mural is open from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Students are welcome to sign during lunchtime any day this week.

"We're hoping to raise $1,000," she said. "We're going to send the money directly afterward. This is a really big project for us."



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