Students show support for land mine awareness

From left, William Owens, Matthew Sullivan, William Mitchell, Ian Foster, Zachary Mester, Daniel Gove and Eden Rowe all show their support in the fight against land mines.

From left, William Owens, Matthew Sullivan, William Mitchell, Ian Foster, Zachary Mester, Daniel Gove and Eden Rowe all show their support in the fight against land mines.

On April 4, International Day for Mine Awareness, North Mianus fifth graders showed their support for land mine victims by participating in the Lend Your Leg campaign.

The students each rolled up one pant leg as a symbolic gesture to show their support for victims of land mines who have lost a limb. Students made an announcement in the morning and wore stickers around school all day as a way of educating people in the school about the effects of land mines. The cause is important to the students at North Minus because they have been working with the CHAMPS organization for roughly one year.

CHAMPS is an organization under the Marshall Legacy Institute that focuses on educating children about land mines and allowing them to help by raising money to help support mine detection dogs. North Minus students have met former mine detection dogs and have been educated on the effects of mines and have seen that they can help.

Last year the students raised more than $4,000 for CHAMPS, winning the naming privileges of the next CHAMP dog. They chose the name “Hawk,” after their school mascot. They hope to finalize the funding for Hawk this year. It cost $20,000 to fund one mine detection dog. So far this year they have raised more than $2,000 at their dog walk on March 24 and a month-long coin drive at the school.

Students have also been talking to students in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen all year through Skype. They talk about their culture and their likes and dislikes. In each call students from these countries talk about how land mines affect them and how they are helping the CHAMPS organization to educate their community and support land mine victims.

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