Congratulations seniors at Rye High School in Rye, Colorado for successfully completing their SOS program!
Nancy Scoffield, an English teacher at Rye High School brought the culture and people of Afghanistan to her students in Colorado through her creative program and introduction of SOS. Her senior class started off by reading The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Once the students completed their assignments they began their SOS program, which consisted of a variety of activities including watching The Kite Runner film, watching a National Geographic video and reading articles on Afghanistan. The seniors especially enjoyed a day of flying kites and eating naan (a leavened, oven-baked flatbread).
When we spoke to Nancy at the beginning of her adoption of SOS she shared with us that, “the kids are really excited about the SOS program. One girl is writing an article in our local weekly newspaper, and they’ve been coming up with lots of good ideas. At first $1,500* sounded like a lot of money, but then one girl (new to our school) asked how many seniors there were. I have 40 between the two classes. She put it all into perspective by telling us that if we all raise $40, we’ll have more than the goal. That seems so do-able!”.
The students were so inspired by Ms. Scoffield’s enthusiasm for the material that they were able to raise over $750 for the Shelter Program! Over $500 alone was raised hosting “Muffin Monday’s” selling muffins for $1. The students also sold “bricks” for $1 each to build a shelter. Their progress was tracked using a shelter constructed of paper bricks on a white board.
If you are and educator or student and are interested in adopting SOS at your school please contact Cristie Burr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*At the time of the assembly the cost of the shelter was $1,500, due to fluctuating materials costs and foreign exchange rates the cost of a shelter is now $2,000.