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Ethiopia: Year Two Launched

Jack and I Launching Year 2 in the Chapel Friday Morning
Saint David's boys, in recognition of the school's 60th anniversary, resolved to emulate the actions of our founders in supporting the efforts necessary to get Saint David's School off the ground sixty years ago. This past Friday morning in Chapel, Jack M., Student Council President, and I kicked off the second year of this major initiative.

We spoke about the importance of contributing to the greater good and of delayed gratification--of the fact that most good things in the world do not come easily--doing good takes hard work and commitment over time, which is what Saint David's boys have resolved to do. It's not only in keeping with our mission; it's our mission epitomized.
Jack Presenting Ms. O'Hagan and Mr. Donato a Check for the Foundation

Last year, the first of what will probably be several, the boys managed to raise a quarter of the funds necessary to build the school in Ethiopia.  Friday morning after the Chapel ceremony, those monies were presented to Steve Donato from Save the Children and Mimi O'Hagan of Mimi's Building Blocks by the Student Council President on behalf of Colin Johnson, his immediate predecessor, the class of 2011 and all the boys of Saint David's.  Mr. Donato, after thanking the boys assembled in the Hume Library, told them that the money would immediately be sent to Ethiopia where Save the Children and the village elders are ready to literally lay the foundations of the school.

Mrs. O'Hagan speaking with the Boys in Hume
Saint David's has partnered with Save the Children and Mimi's Building Blocks to build a school in Mamet Village in the northern Ethiopian Provence of Tigray.  John Dearie and Tom Ryan also spoke with the boys regarding the school's commitment and its connections to this important initiative.  More information can be found by visiting these prior posts:

Headmaster's Blog: Saint David's: Mission, Milestone and Ethiopia

Headmaster's Blog: A Reflection at the Conclusion of our 60th

Headmaster's Blog: Dollars for Ethiopia Scholars

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