Be The Change, From Columbia to India

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COLUMBIA - Five seniors from Columbia Independent School will make the trip from Columbia to India, at the end of July. Tuesday night was the last fund-raiser for their service project, "Be The Change Volunteers".

The auction and dinner was held at The Blue Note where students aimed to complete their goal of $17,000 to fund their trip expenses. The students will travel to the village of Ayoor, India to help build a school. This school will be for mostly disabled students and orphans of all ages. The five students will work with 15 adults from the non-profit organization, "Be The Change", to build the school over the course of two weeks.

 Working on the project since October the students have already raised $10,000 with other fund-raisers such as a rummage sale and benefit nights at local restaurants. Tuesday, they aimed to raise the remaining $7,000 through a silent auction, live auction, raffle tickets, t-shirt sale, donations, and a door fee. The event began at 6:00pm and guests paid $10 admission which would give them two free drink tickets and dinner. Live music provided entertainment for the evening while the students worked hard selling tickets and running the raffle.

The students are very passionate about their project and looking forward to the trip. Senior, Natalie Collins was inspired to go because of her desire to help others: "I would like to be a nurse when I grow up so helping people has always been important to me." The students will leave July 30th for India and return August 14th.