Pine Hills Elementary raises $15K for clean water in Africa
N.Y. (April 20, 2016) -- It took
three years of coin drives, bottle deposit drives, bake sales, garage
sales and pancake breakfasts – and plenty of synergy – but Pine Hills
Elementary School raised enough money to build a fresh-water well for
people in rural Tanzania.
And at a celebration Wednesday,
the school presented a $15,000 check to Jean Dobbs of the
Reflections Foundation to build the solar-powered, deep-water well.
Students also shared some of the knowledge they gained about the country
of Tanzania, world-wide clean water shortages and water conservation.
The well fundraising project began in 2013 as a
memorial to Mary Stella Greco, a retired nun who was the victim of a New
Year’s Day homicide that year. Greco, aunt of Pine Hills third-grade
teacher Deann Lynch, devoted her life to helping less fortunate people
and had herself financed construction of a well in Tanzania.
Lynch and fellow third-grade teacher Michelle
Chiappone started the community service project with their classes. With
the support of Principal Vibetta Sanders, the project blossomed into a
school-wide learning and leadership experience for students from
kindergarten through sixth grade.
Pine Hills Elementary is a “Leader in Me” school, meaning that its
programs work to develop student leadership skills using “The 7 Habits
of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey. On
Wednesday, students in all the grades demonstrated how they used
synergy, one of the “7 Habits,” in their collective effort to raise
money for the well.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
more than 9,500
students in 17
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High