▲ NLCS students show off their CARING pens, the proceeds from which were sent to the Philippines. Photo by Kim Jinmi
When student representatives of NLCS junior school were interviewed on Oct. 21, they were confident they could make a difference in their effort to help the Filipino people recovering from Typhoon Haiyan. Members of the Student Council were preparing a series of handmade donation boxes, holding the proceeds from sales of multi-colored CARING pens to raise money for Filipino children.
The students had been moved by the estimated 11 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 3,600 people and left about half a million homeless. They were also motivated by two fellow students at their school who are from the Philippines.
In no more than two weeks, they collected 1.3 million won through the pen project and the fund will be sent to the relief effort through UNICEF. Students at NLCS enthusiastically participated in the fundraising effort: “We made posters and carried the donation boxes around the school, asking people to donate to the Philippines,” student representative Ho-jin Jang, 12 years old, said.
Students expressed their feelings through donating and fundraisers were particularly impressed by one Year 2 student who emptied his wallet into the box. Student representative Stella, 9 years old, said, “Donation is heart.” Another student, 12-year-old Amy, said that the donation could give other people opportunities “to go to school and have education.”
This isn’t the first time NLCS students have done charitable work. Previously they have been ice-skating with children from a local orphanage and made soybean and red pepper paste with Jeju’s senior citizens. The most popular event, they recall, was the hot chocolate sale by Student Council members which led to a long queue forming in the winter cold.
The next fundraising event will be next month and is planned to be a hot chocolate and cookie sale. Furthermore, they have been helping students of Somosomo District School in Taveuni Island, Fiji. This project aims to create a better educational environment for Somosomo students living in a remote village without basic supplies such as chairs, desks and electricity.
Students at NLCS Jeju are encouraged to think about their commitment and service to the wider and global community through their many school activities. As they say, every little helps.
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