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Hawaii 3rd Graders Rally To Help Girls In Afghanistan Get To School

As we prepare our kids for the start of a new year, it’s easy to forget that getting an education can be a life-threatening endeavor in many parts of the world. In many countries, terrorism stands between eager students and a basic education — especially girls.

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In 2008, men on motorcycles sprayed acid into the faces of young Afghan girls walking to the Mirwais Mena School for Girls. Ever since, GreaterGood.org has been working hard to raise money for school buses that will bring these girls to school in safety. Now, a group of 3rd graders 7,000 miles away is bringing them one step closer.

After learning about global communities their social studies class, teams of children from the Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii researched different ways they could help underprivileged students throughout the world. GreaterGood‘s A Safe Ride to School program quickly caught their eye, and after putting it to a vote, the students began brainstorming ways they could contribute.

To raise funds, the students organized a garage and bake sale to be held during recess in May. They worked hard to spread the word by creating the following short videos to explain the situation in Afghanistan and the importance of their fundraising efforts.

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When all was said and done, these hardworking 3rd graders raised an impressive $1,000 for the Safe Ride to School program.

Help their efforts go even further! Contribute to the Safe Ride to School program and help give young women in Afghanistan the chance at an education.

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G. H. was raised in Minnesota, but currently calls Seattle her home. She's a blogger, editor, and journalist, and she's written everything from news reports to restaurant reviews. If she's not putting pen to paper, G. H. is probably experimenting in the kitchen, chilling out on her yoga mat, or running through a city park.