100 local high school students walk 5.5 miles to support students in Tanzania!

On May 17, 2012 Village Life Outreach Project partnered with the Mayerson Foundation High School Service-Learning Program and Wyoming Youth Services to bring the 2012 “Walk In My Shoes” challenge to life. One hundred students from nine area schools participated in the 5.5 mile walk from Salway Park to Fountain Square. This year, participating schools included Aiken High School, Arlington Heights Academy, Finneytown High School, Gamble Montessori, Lockland High School, McAuley High School, Mt. Healthy High School, Ursuline Academy and Wyoming High School. Building on last year’s success, the students and staff raised awareness that students in rural Tanzania can walk nearly six miles to school, taking them up to three hours.

The event was a huge success as students raised over $1,000 for the Uji Nutrition Program that they collected through registration or sponsorship. Uji is a nutritious meal that feeds 1,200 Tanzanian students who walk to school per day and would otherwise go malnourished. The total cost to feed all 1,200 primary school children per year equals a daily cost of $0.04 per child.

Village Life hosted a rally at the starting point in Salway Park and had a finish line area at Fountain Square complete with a finish line, a tent filled with cold water and snacks and an education area. Dr. Lewis addressed the crowd at Fountain Square. Village Life Outreach Project videos, pictures and live twitter feeds were featured on the jumbotron at Fountain Square during the event.

The event also got great media coverage as channel 9 and channel 5 interviewed Dr. Lewis at the event. Read more here.

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