Aiken High School Students ‘Pay It Forward’ By Funding School in Sierra Leone


In progress 2The students of Aiken High School are grateful for the generosity shown by Cincinnati’s taxpayers that resulted in their brand new $29-million, state-of-the-art facility. They wanted to 'pay it forward' by raising funds to build a school for a small village in Largo, Sierra Leone in Africa. Previous fundraising efforts raised $1,000, one-fourth of the total cost, which allowed construction to begin (see attached photos). To complete the job, the students organized a walk-a-thon on Friday, March 27, 2015, to raise the remaining $3,000 in construction costs. 

The students walked a little more than 3 miles to symbolize the distance students in the small African village would have to walk each way to get to the nearest school.  IMG_1525

The walk-a-thon route traveled from Belmont Avenue to North Bend Road to Hamilton Avenue back to Belmont Avenue.