National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students at Rockwood South Middle are making a difference more than 8,000 miles away. With focus on international outreach, the group helped raise tuition for two middle school students, Hope and Gift, residing in Nairobi, Kenya.
Recently, our students participated in a video chat with Hope.
"The video call experience was new and interesting," said student Ally Roberts. "I was really excited about talking to Hope and getting to know her and understand why we're funding her. I had never been part of a call with someone so far away. Just from the video call, I feel like I know her. I think Hope is strong and confident – caring and sweet."
Another student, James Deluca, said, "It was a great experience to see how Hope's culture was different from ours and how it was also similar in many ways."
Rockwood instructional technology specialist Dana Stiebel and language arts teachers Diane Hughes and Amy Krueger facilitated the event.
"The video chat was meant to introduce our students to Hope and spark their interest in the cause," said Hughes. "It's all about helping our students learn to serve their community and their world. This helps students understand the privilege they have of going to school as they help Hope and Gift accomplish that goal."