relayforpeace "Raising Awareness, One Step at a Time"

Students organize "Relay for Peace"  

The Darfur Awareness Now Group (D.A.N.G.) from Roseville Area High School in Minnesota is at it again.

For the past two years, this group of students has committed themselves to raising awareness in their school and community of the atrocities happening in Darfur, Sudan.

On May 17, the students laced up their running shoes to help. They organized the Relay for Peace a 5k Walk/Run to raise money for people suffering in Darfur. About 150 people participated in the event, and the students raised $7,147.96 for ARC’s relief efforts.

D.A.N.G. President Alli Meyer describes the Relay for Peace

Video: Laurel Wiehe explains how D.A.N.G. got started.

Video: Alexa describes the Darfur curriculum she helped create.

But the students didn’t stop there. They also developed a curriculum and lesson plan for teachers in other schools to use to start discussing the situation in Darfur with their students. They presented their curriculum at the Minnesota State Capitol as a part of the Project Citizen competition and won first place! There are currently a number of teachers interested in using the curriculum in their classrooms.

Since they formed their group, D.A.N.G. has held community events, bagged groceries at local grocery stores, sold t-shirts and mugs, collected thousands of aluminum cans, and sponsored a school-wide petition for Darfur.

In total, they have raised nearly $30,000 for people half-way around the world!

Read an article about D.A.N.G. and the Relay for Peace in the Roseville Review.

Students are creating awareness and raising money to help people around the world. Can you get your school community involved?

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