During a trip to Ethiopia, Burnsville High School 10th grade student Egeziharya Yilma noticed that schools and students lacked supplies.
So she decided to do something about it and created Project Pencil.
After sharing her idea with Principal Dave Helke, who was supportive, Egeziharya launched the project in March. She set up a collection site in the main hall of the school and began gathering new and slightly used school supplies including folders, markers, backpacks, erasers and more.
She hoped to collect enough supplies to fill at least one suitcase when she returns to Ethiopia this summer with her parents who are originally from there.
Instead, donations have already filled six suitcases! And, she’s continuing to collect supplies through the end of the school year.
“Even something so little can have a big impact,” said Egeziharya, who would like to video Ethiopian students using the supplies so that her BHS classmates can see the difference their donations made in the lives of youngsters across the globe.
“Egeziharya developed a great project and has publicized it well,” said Helke. “We’re very proud of our students who work to make a positive difference in the world.”