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Shaker student knows no borders

"I love it when teens want to get involved at this age," she said. "I like they feel the responsibility to give back, the earlier the better."

Elaine Hickey has been over to Ugana before and is an adviser on the board of the health clinic in Uganda. She said her son was not able to go over with Sara Weinman and her mother in February because Hickey runs track. When they came back and reported that there are no text books for the children at the school in the Ddegeya Village that gave her and her son and project to work on.

"The school is going to have an event when we deliver them," she said.

The focus now, though, is not just on individual children, but trying to help out entire schools that are in need. Theresa Weinman said there are very little resources at the school in the Ddegeya village, not even windows or doors. Kalule has told them that the school does not need any handouts or money, they need education.

"These kids need to help themselves," she said. 'They want the opportunity to better themselves So we're getting them testing tools and we're focusing on helping the school."

Over at the web site http://www.etcbucksforbooks.org/, Hickey and his group are looking for donations so they have the ability to help more children. They currently have raised $5,570 with the goal of raising $10,000.

Hickey said they will also be bringing over medical equipment and some soccer equipment, which he said can go a long way. Even after having to go through all of the different shots for diseases such as malaria and different preparation, Hickey can't wait to see the look on the faces of the children when they bring over the text books.

"I guess I'm a little nervous at first with some of the stuff," he said. "If you think about it, though, there are so many risks in the U.S. with traveling, you don't even think about it. There are diseases and a lot of risks, but it's definitely manageable and definitely worth risking it."

If you would like more information on the health clinic visit http://www.engeye.org/, and for more information on the scholars program visit http://www.engeyescholars.org/.""

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