Lanier Middle School Students Hold Charity Yard Sale, Saturday

April 23, 2010

To bring awareness to global poverty and to help make a difference in the world around them, Lanier Middle School students, teachers and parents will gather at the school, 2600 Woodhead, on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. to hold a huge charity yard sale.

All proceeds of the sale will be donated to “Changing the Present,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of poverty worldwide.\

The school community at Lanier has amassed an impressive 50 tables stocked full of everyday items like books, clothes, toys and furniture for sale. Though each table is sponsored by a different family or faculty member at Lanier, every sale supports a common goal: to help those who need help the world over.

“Changing the Present” is a global organization designed to build a better world presently by challenging and changing the concept of gift giving. Its website, www.changingthepresent.org , allows shoppers to search its extensive catalog of global charitable causes and support the ones that matter most to them. Donations can be as much as $100 or as little as $5.

After Lanier’s charity yard sale, all of the money will be divided equally amongst all of the students and they will shop online for a cause close to their heart. Whether it be greening the environment, educating the young, feeding the poor or any other of the worthwhile causes supported by “Changing the Present,” the students will decide for themselves where the money goes..

If they so choose, they can pool their resources with other students to support more expensive projects, like school construction abroad.

“Hopefully, it will open their eyes to the wider world around them,” said Lanier social studies teacher Rick Brennan. “Since our students will spend the money they raise on projects they, themselves, support, a direct connection will be made between their actions and people and places the world over. As a history teacher, I think that lesson, perhaps more than any other, is an essential one.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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