TENINO -- Students in Tenino hope a unique fundraiser will help improve the lives of 254 orphans at a school in Ghana, Africa.
“The school is called Crossover International Academy. It helps kids that don’t have meals, they don’t even have a bed to lie on at night and in their school they don’t even have more than one piece of paper per day,” said Connor Stakelin, Student Government President.
During passing periods and lunch this week, student government members are blasting the Justin Bieber song “Baby” on repeat until the campus raises $500.
“For some of them it’s incentive to donate because they don’t want to hear it anymore,” said Stakelin.
As of Monday afternoon, students have raised more than $332. The music will stop once the school reaches its goal, which can’t come soon enough for many students.
“Oh my God my head is about to explode right now,” said student Zack Chamberlain.
“I’m pretty sure I’ve had five Ibuprofen already,” he said.
Other students don’t mind the Bieber music; it’s the repetition that’s getting to them.
“We’re done listening to that song over and over again. It’s getting very bad. I just want to go home,” said Jasmine Moore, a student.
The idea to support the academy overseas came from Tenino Elementary School Principal Dave Ford. The cause has now unified the entire community.
“We kind of have this forest fire of passion, compassion and empathy. It’s flying through the district from 3rd to 12th grade. They understand the connection between needs, wants and other people’s reality,” said Ford.
With this fundraiser and others, Tenino High School hopes to raise at least $1,200, which will be enough to provide food and school supplies for the orphans through April.