West Junior High works to benefit special causes

By JESSICA KRAMPE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

West Junior High School, 401 Clinkscales Road, is raising money and collecting shoes. Both efforts began Monday, Nov. 1, and will continue through Thursday, Nov. 11.

Social studies classes are raising money to sponsor World War II veterans for the Mid-Missouri Honor Flight program, which recognizes veterans by sending them to visit their specific World War II memorials. The trip costs $300 for each veteran.

West Junior High raised $4,600 and was able to send 16 veterans to Washington D.C. last year, said Principal Sandra Logan. The goal has been set even higher for this year’s efforts — the school hopes to raise enough money to sponsor 20 World War II veterans, said Brenda Blankenship, social studies department chair, in the school’s newsletter.

Social studies classes will ask students to bring in any change or dollars to contribute.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off contributions in West Junior’s office. Make checks out to Mid-Missouri Honor Flight.

Any questions or concerns? Contact Brenda Blankenship at (573) 214-3230, or by e-mail at bblanken@columbia.k12.mo.us.

Not only are students raising money, but they are also collecting shoes. The school’s world language clubs are holding the drive to benefit third world countries with shoes and clean water.

The effort is part of the Shoeman Water Project. Funds raised by exporting the shoes help bring fresh water to those who do not have access to it. The organization’s goal is to collect 100,000 pairs of shoes, and West Junior wants to collect 2010 of those. For more information on the program, visit the website.

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