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Take action in Africa

Dear Editor:We are freshmen at Aspen High School. This year we joined the club called Action In Africa further known as AIA.We decided the Aspen community should know more about this club since it isn’t just a school club anymore; it is more of an organization in which anyone can join. Donated money does not go to the school, but goes directly to the organization. AIA has its own account where all the club’s profits go and will be eventually donated to schools in Kenya and Uganda.The reason we are raising money to build schools is to educate children and help prevent them from becoming child soldiers. Being in school will potentially keep African children away from rape, violence and being involved in genocidal gangs. The two main organizations we are working with are called Invisible Children in Uganda and Free the Children in Kenya.Did you know it only takes $5,000 to build a one-room schoolhouse? We can easily accomplish this and much more. Currently we have over 115 members in the club and have collected over $3,000. With the help of the Roaring Fork community as well as other schools in the valley, we can accomplish our goal to build many schoolhouses.For more information on the club, or where to donate, please see our new website in progress: actioninafrica.tripod.com (notice there is no www in the beginning!), or call Lance Finkbeiner at 429-3568. Membership is open to the community, and we are asking you to consider joining us. Get involved!Gracie Nichols and Kate MoyerAspen