Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:27 PM on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Students inspire teacher

As the school year came to a close, my students reminded me once again why I love teaching. A group of seniors, my AP literature and composition class, set out to read with a purpose. It was a simple purpose and an admirable one: They chose to read and raise money for World Bicycle Relief, an organization that assists students in Zambia, Africa, by providing them with a bicycle so that they can attend school. Many children live in rural settings, sometimes more than 10 miles from the local school and simply cannot attend. However, bicycles allow them to reach school, giving them an opportunity to receive an education.

Knowing that every $134 raised provides a bicycle for a student, 70 percent of which are girls who would otherwise not attend school, this group tackled their reading. Amidst planning for graduation, participating in a compacted spring sports schedule, studying for AP exams and balancing challenging course loads, not to mention the joys and sorrows of ending their high school tenure, this group of students read more than 50 books in an eight-week period and raised $906, providing six bicycles for children in Zambia.

I wanted to thank those who supported my students, who wrote checks, who offered encouragement, who appreciated their efforts. For those interested, visit www.worldbicyclerelief.org.

Above all else, I want to thank my students. You are inspiring and I am proud of you.

Sean Campbell

Homer High School