Barranca students help give hope to Cambodia children

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By Kirsten Laskey

During their quest for global awareness, the Barranca Mesa School sixth grade GATE students not only learned more about the Kampong Speu Province in Cambodia, but they significantly impacted many of the province’s villages.

Under the direction of GATE teacher Andrea Spence and student coordinator Alex Csanadi, students teamed up with the local charity, Cambodia’s Hope, to have a fundraiser.

The fundraiser, Spence said, was held for two days during lunch and recesses during which children sold small, handcrafted items from Cambodia.

The students had a hand in everything, she added. They did morning announcements about the fundraiser, put out fliers and helped with selling items during the fundraiser.

Students’ efforts raised $2,553.

“I thought they did tremendously (well),” Spence said.

She added, students also learned a lot. “(It’s) a valuable lesson to learn compassion for other human beings.”

Students’ compassion appears in the fact that 100 percent of the funds they raised will be used for the Alphabet Soup Program, a pre-school and lunch program that benefits 625 impoverished children in 14 rural villages in Kampong Speu Province. Barranca students raised enough money to pay for 5,005 school days and lunches.

Spence said it’s her fifth year collaborating with Cambodia’s Hope, which was co-founded by Marvel Harrison, Terry Kellogg and friends.

“To be a part of the program is an honor,” Spence said.