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Students give change to make change

The Shaker High School World of Difference Club raised money for organizations in Uganda and Haiti through the “Give Change, Make Change” campaign. Left to right are WOD club members Kaitlyn Cheney, Brian Hickey and Emily Nicol.

The Shaker High School World of Difference Club raised money for organizations in Uganda and Haiti through the “Give Change, Make Change” campaign. Left to right are WOD club members Kaitlyn Cheney, Brian Hickey and Emily Nicol. Submitted Photo

— St. Francis Xavier Orphanage houses 10 children who were orphaned after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Cenat provides a home, food, water, clothing and an education to the tune of about $30,000 a year.

“He has been reaching out to people back in the Siena community and Latham community to help with donations,” said Nicol. “He’s been working on trying to improve the orphanage, get solar panels there, building a new well in town and providing a good future for these kids that lost everything in the earthquake.”

Nicol said raising money through “Give Change, Make Change” gave WOD club members and the entire school community a good lesson.

“It brings a certain level of awareness to kids about dire situations across the world and I think raises awareness about how we can help out,” said Nicol.

Kaitlyn Cheney is a senior but joined the club in ninth grade and now serves as a co-chair.

“I’ve always been interested in community service … so that was a big draw,” said Cheney, who was in charge of setting up donation sites around school for “Give Change, Make Change.”

Cheney said initiatives the club orchestrates to support the local community are just as important as supporting global neighbors.

“(It’s) important to show the difference we can make in our own community,” said Cheney. “At the end of March we’re involved in anti-bullying week as part of a school-wide initiative.”

For more information about World of Difference club or the organizations benefiting “Give Change, Make Change” visit www.shakerwod.org. Donations can be sent to Shaker High School World of Difference Club ATTN: Mr. Daniel Weaver, 445 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110 with checks payable to “Shaker High School World of Difference Club” and a note designating the ca

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