Hamilton Southeastern High School’s World Connections Club
Making a Difference in the World
Hamilton Southeastern High School, (located in Fishers, Indiana) should be very proud of their World Connections Club. This club consists of members of the student body and teacher volunteers. They study world cultures and learn to appreciate the beauty and diversity this world has to offer.
Over the last few years this student club, led by their mentor teacher, Vickie Lazaga, has been supporting Matanya’s Hope with shoe, backpack and clothing drives. This year’s mission marks the fourth year HSE World Connections Club has donated to Matanya’s Hope and it is the most successful yet! They have raised funds from their International Night which were donated to help Matanya’s Hope ship supplies to students, much like themselves. In addition, they collected 2 cartloads of shoes, backpacks, jackets and school supplies to take on mission to disburse to their age mates in need.
We met with the HSE World Connections Club this year and showed them a video of an impoverished school girl from rural Kenya, highlighting what her life was like. It starts with her rising at 4:30 in the morning and traveling several miles to fetch water from a bacteria infested stream for the family to drink, bathe and do laundry with. She then gathers fire wood and chops it into kindling with a large ax before setting out to walk 5 miles barefoot to school. The student’s response to these images was overwhelming. They are so passionate about world issues and use their growing awareness to come up with ways to help.
Michelle Stark and I have visited the club for the past several years. Each year we are so impressed by these students. They learn about various cultures through food, dance and cultural customs. They learn and discuss world issues and truly have global awareness in a way seldom seen at the high school level. These HSE World Connections Club students are also learning to take on leadership roles by directing and organizing their own events.
It is with deep gratitude that Michelle and I salute these caring students and their inspiring leader, Vickie Lazaga.
Ann Thomson, V.P. Matanya’s Hope