Julia Medina, Staff Writer
Each Wednesday after school in room 640, a group of 30 students attend their meeting for the Education for All Club (EFA). You may have seen their flyers around the school for their upcoming bake sale, or their buckets of change in the Cardinal Cafe. Last year alone, they raised enough money to ship 550 pounds of school supplies for a school in Ghana, amounting to $3,000 dollars worth of supplies. Money was raised primarily by selling friendship bracelets, handmade by students in Ghana. According to the club presidents, the ultimate goal of the club is to provide students in other countries the supplies they need to finish their education and further accomplish their goals. EFA was founded by Gillian Gordon, a GHS student who received inspiration from “I Am Malala”- a novel written by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani woman who survived a Taliban shooting. Like Malala, Gillian and vice president Sam Chabot advocate for education in their own ways. Their first mission was to help a small school in Accra, Ghana to provide school supplies to their students. Currently, the Education for All club is starting another project to donate school supplies in Guatemala.
This year, EFA hopes to collect at least the same amount of school supplies as last year. Also, they are hoping to expand their club by reaching out to Town Hall and other students, at Eastern Middle School. Their first two school supply drives will take place in February and June.
If you are interested in helping this worthy cause, there are a number of ways you can participate. First, you can join the club which meets on Wednesdays in the Media Center, or, you can participate in their school supply drives and fundraising opportunities. You can also follow their Instagram @educationforallclub or friend their Facebook group @Education For All.