‘Build a School’ campaign nears
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
The Wood River Valley is closing
in on becoming the second American community to build a school in a
mountain range that straddles Pakistan and Afghanistan. The effort is
coordinated through the Central Asia Institute.
Sisters Amy Bingham and Elizabeth
Schwerdtle, both of Hailey, are spearheading fundraising efforts with a
campaign called "Build A School, Change the World." One school can be
built and maintained for years for $25,000.
girls study together at one of the schools built in the Pakistan
mountains by the Central Asia Institute, based in Montana. Courtesy
Schwerdtle said that with an
anonymous matching donation of $10,000, they are within $8,000 of
reaching their goal. They are giving themselves until the end of the
year to fulfill the requirement. If the full amount is not raised, the
money will be folded into another building project with the Central Asia
Recently, the National Honor
Society at the Wood River High School donated $1,000 to the campaign.
Among the projects in the planning
stages for the rest of the year are a community dance for all ages, a
square dance and a sit down dinner.
Schwerdtle said she hopes that the
dance will be "driven by the youth groups in the valley."
During Girl Scout Thinking Day
recently, a presentation was made to the Silver Sage Girl Scouts and
Brownies. They are now creating and placing canisters in valley
locations to help with the fund raising. The Blaine County Education
Foundation and the "Build A School" campaign are selling environmentally
friendly fluorescent bulbs. The profits will then be split between the
"It’s the small things that add
up," Schwerdtle said. "It takes so little to make a difference. $1 goes
200 times further there."