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Rahn Elementary is collecting Legos to send to Africa

Through April 29, students in Rahn Elementary Service Club are collecting used Lego bricks, which they will donate to Play Well Africa, a charity providing toys and learning tools to underprivileged children in Uganda, Kenya and Botswana.

When Rahn fourth-grade teacher Alissa Tofte heard about Play Well Africa from a parent, and she saw a video online from of students in Uganda playing with Lego for the first time, she knew it would be a good project for the Rahn Elementary Service Club, which she supervises along with teachers Sarah Richardson and Rachel Wenz.

“The kids at our Service Club are really into Legos,” she says. “As soon as I brought it up, they were really excited about it." The excitement grew when the students learned that Play Well Africa was founded by a child close to their age, 9-year-old Micah Slentz of Laguna Niguel, California.

Three years ago, Micah hatched the idea of providing used Lego bricks to children in Africa who have never seen or heard of the toy before. After sending donated Legos to Uganda and Botswana via partner charities such as Child Africa and the Peace Corp, Micah made his first trip to Uganda last year to conduct Lego seminars at rural schools. Video of Micah’s project reached nearly four million people online when it was covered by several major outlets last winter.

The Rahn Elementary Service Club is made up of about 70 students in kindergarten through grade 6 who take on activities to benefit various causes. The club has previously donated art to a nursing home, made blankets and toys for a local pet shelter, and undertaken various environmental projects. To donate Legos, contact Alissa Tofte at atofte@isd191.org

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Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 13:05