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Fort Myers High School is Paying it Forward

Published: Sep 17, 2013 6:30 AM EDT

A group of IB seniors at Fort Myers High School were inspired to take action after reading "A Long Way Gone" by Ismael Beah last school year, a memior of a boy soldier in Sierra Leone, Africa fighting agaist his own country. With extensive research on this civil war, the students aimed to better the lives of the child refugees and started a club at their school called "Pay it Forward." Through an organization called Operation Classroom, the main goal of this club is to give the children a distraction from the violance by giving them the gift of education. Each child's yearly tuition is only one-hundered American dollars. "We hope to sponser at least fifteen children. As highschool students, we can only do so much. We will devote a lot of time fundraising and hosting events, but we need help from the community. We will be hosting our first event on Sunday, October 20 9am-1pm. We've organized this car wash on Sanibel Island at Bank of the Islands on Periwinkle way . We are asking for any donations in excange for a clean car." This club also collects supplies for local schools through out the year. "You can't always pay it back, but you can always pay it forward" is their motto. Help spread the importance of education both in our community and internationally.

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