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Montgomery teacher to take students to Ethiopia for new project

MONTGOMERY — Jesse Newcomer and the Red Raider Foundation are working together with the Montgomery Area School District Multicultural Club to bring students abroad to Ethiopia to build and support a new school district in the country.

The project, aptly named Team Ethiopia, came from inspiration that Newcomer had after seeing the Milton School District start their project Team Cambodia, which also started a school in that country.

It was approved by the Red Raider Foundation, a non-profit organization, that is housing the project. All of the funding for the project will be coming through fundraisers, grants and donations.

Team Ethiopia, will focus on academics, community and providing for the children in Ethiopia according to Newcomer. The students will eventually go to Ethiopia for a week to “expand their horizons and study abroad at the school district they will be building and supporting.”

After the school is established and beginning to run, the students of the Multicultural Club will go to the country to start their weeklong excursion to learn with the students at the school, provide resources and learn about the culture of Ethiopia.

When the students come back from the trip, the Team Ethiopia committee and the Red Raider Foundation, Newcomer and the Montgomery Area School District will maintain contact with the school in Ethiopia by providing them resources to keep the school open on a daily basis. The goal is to give back to the school until it can eventually run by itself.

“This is just the beginning of a massive project,” Newcomer said.

With that, the Multicultural Club is still looking for locals and local businesses to contribute to their fundraisers for the project.

For more information, readers can contact Newcomer at the Montgomery Area School.

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