Congratulations to the students of Aiken High School on their selection as a finalist for the 8th Annual Difference Maker Awards presented by the Cincinnati Museum Center. The honor recognizes the students’ efforts last year to raise funds to build a school for the village of Largo in Sierra Leone.
The students adopted the project — which was led by school counselor Sandi Horine — after learning that students in Largo had to walk approximately three miles to reach the nearest schoolhouse. Grateful for the generosity shown by Cincinnati’s taxpayers that resulted in their brand new $29-million state-of-the-art facility, the Aiken students wanted to ‘pay it forward’ by raising funds to build a school for the small village.
In addition to t-shirt sales and other activities, the students held a Walk-A-Thon to raise more than $5,000 to complete a new three-room school, which was named Aiken-Largo.
As a finalist, Aiken will be honored during the 8th annual Difference Maker Awards Celebration on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
In a letter announcing Aiken as a finalist, the Difference Maker committee wrote, “The Difference Makers panel of judges believe that your impact on children and our community through you work is one to be celebrated. From children helping other children, to community organizations, to corporations, the Difference Maker Awards recognize all contributions, large and small, and remind everyone that they, too, are empowered to make a difference. Your work exemplifies that mission. We are so excited and honored to celebrate with you.”
Congratulations to the students and staff of Aiken. Fingers crossed for a win!