This is the 19th year that Niles West English teacher Sharon Swanson and her classes have made an impact on the world. Since 1999, Ms. Swanson has assigned her class to write a persuasive research paper to convince others to donate to a particular charity. Students research charitable organizations, conduct an interview with their chosen organization, then write a paper on the merits of the organization. Classes vote for the top essay, and donations are collected to benefit that organization. This year, more than $1,400 will be distributed to World Vision, Build, Inc. and Feed My Starving Children.
Students writing the top papers: Sophie Piotrowski, Hina Haider and Angeles Alanis. The students are sophomores. Piotrowski, in Swanson’s third period class, selected World Vision to write about since she has grown up contributing to the organization through her family and her church. The money collected will go towards purchase of goats and chickens, as well as supplies for new mothers. She said, “I feel it’ll make a big impact on people in other countries.”
Hina Haider, in Swanson’s sixth period class, wrote about Build, Inc. in Chicago. Build stands for Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development and is one of Chicago’s leading gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organizations. Their mission is to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets to help them realize their potential and contribute to our communities. After reading about how many youth are affected by gun violence, Haider selected Build, Inc. as her organization to support.
Angeles Alanis chose Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) as the charity to present to her seventh period class. FMSC is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Her reasoning, “They spend their money very wisely, and are highly rated on Charity Navigator.”
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