Last week, a group of Watershed students completed a cake-baking fundraiser in support of the Liberian Education Fund (LEF), a charity they became involved with last year. The students posted sign-up sheets around their school and community, and baked cakes for a small fee. All money raised helps pay for the required costs of a high school education in Liberia, which many Liberian students can’t afford.
With fundraisers held this year, Watershed students have raised almost $500 – enough to send two Liberian students to high school. Plans to raise an additional $500 by the end of the spring semester with a community-wide bottle drive are underway.
The Liberian Education Fund was founded in 2007. The first chapter was organized at Belfast High School, and LEF has since grown into a multi-chapter, multi-state endeavor comprising the Camden Hills, Belfast, and Watershed high schools in Maine as well as Boston University and George Washington University. The LEF is currently funding 21 students’ educations, two of which are directly funded by Watershed’s chapter. With the funds raised this year, say Louisa and Isabel Crane, the sisters spearheading Watershed’s LEF chapter, five students may be able to attend high school in Liberia. “We hope to make the fundraisers bigger than they were this year and raise even more money. We want the Liberian Education Fund to be something that keeps going after we graduate, and we want to be able to continue to sponsor the students through university.”
If you’d like to get involved with the Liberian Education Fund, participate in Watershed’s bottle drive, or learn more, visit liberianeducationfund.com or contact Watershed’s chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.