Holy Innocents’ fifth graders raise funds for malaria project

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School recently donated $3,500 to Nothing but Nets, a United Nations Foundation campaign to buy mosquito nets to decrease the number of malaria deaths in Africa.

After reading an article about the organization, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School 5th-grader Maddie Keith decided that she and her grade should get involved. Students competed to raise money by doing chores, holding bake sales and decorating bulletin boards to monitor each class’ progress. Nothing but Nets will purchase 350 new nets with the money.

“It’s pretty common to hear people complain when they don’t have the newest clothes or the newest iPod, but in Africa, people are still dying from malaria,” Maddie said. “It just shows how one person, and whole grades, can make a difference.”

Lovett organizes trip to Ecuador

Lovett School art teacher Joy Patty will travel with students and teachers to Ecuador this summer. Researchers from the Atlanta Botanical Garden, scientists from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and faculty from Pace Academy and The Galloway School will also go on the trip.

In 1991, Lovett purchased 850 acres of property in that county to create “Siempre Verde,” a preserve, and establish a research center to support tropical conservation education. Alternative means of earning a living rather than cutting the forests for timber, pasture or for crops are an education issue central to classes taught at the center.

Patty will use the trip to research and develop art activities related to the center.

AGS donates pennies for peace

The Atlanta Girls School student body collected pennies throughout April to raise funds for Pennies for Peace, which builds schools in rural areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. School children nationwide participate in the program, and Atlanta Girls School students collected almost 65,000 pennies, or $647. Christiane Leitinger, director of Pennies for Peace, visited the school. She shared a presentation about the organization and seniors Sophie Sergiadis and Ginny Weinmann presented her with the school’s donation.