Multicultural Club paying it forward with pin fundraiser


Shelby Foster

The Multicultural Club is selling $1 pins in collaboration with Education Rocks, an organization helping less fortunate kids obtain an education. Club members are selling the pins throughout the school day in an effort to reach their goal of collecting $365 for a student in Bali.

Ashley Irizarry, Staff Writer

Education is a luxury with which not all corners of the world have been blessed. However, the Multicultural Club at Starr’s Mill is taking a stand for knowledge, and extending it toward even the most unfortunate parts of the globe.

“We’ve been blessed with [public] education. It’s our responsibility to give the unfortunate a chance to experience the same things we do,” Multicultural Club vice president junior Saijleen Chawla said.

This year, the club has partnered with Education Rocks, an organization dedicated to funding education for less fortunate children.

Members of the club are raising $365 to fund the education of I Ketut Aditya Pranama, a sixteen-year-old boy from Bali. Members of the club have been talking to the boy through the mail.

“We’ve been exchanging letters to him, back and forth. We’re getting to know each other,” Chawla said.

The Multicultural Club has done similar projects in the past. “Multicultural Club has never partnered with Education Rocks before, but the club has joined with organizations to assist students all across the world,” club sponsor Sean Hickey said.

Six members of the club are selling the pins throughout the school. Students can purchase a pin from Chawla, sophomore Hanna Mekonnen, sophomore Lily Murphy, senior Ximena Bejarano, junior Donivan Barth, or senior Gabriella Cruz Nieves. The price is currently set at $1 per pin, but may go up to $2 if demand increases.

The club hopes to accomplish more with Education Rocks in the future. “My personal goal [for the future] is to have each person in the club sponsor one child,” Chawla said.

Pin sales end Feb. 14.