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Edmonds Rotary raising funds for science lab in Gambia


Students and teachers in Niani School in Wassu, Gambia, will be getting a science lab, thanks to the Edmonds Rotary Club.

Four members of the Edmonds Rotary’s International Service Committee – Lamin Manneh, Maggie Peterson, Randy Hutchins and Beth W. Kealy – recently returned from Gambia.

The purpose was to identify a suitable site for a science lab in the Central River Valley, a region that is one of the poorest in Gambia. Without and without a “pure science” lab, the best and brightest students cannot complete their high school requirements, Peterson said.

As a result, many students drop out or are forced to relocate to a different area, which creates stress for parents and students.

The group visited nine school sites, all anxious to have this District Lab in their school, with the award going to Niani School in Wassu. The Rotary Club of Edmonds will now begin the work of raising funds to build, supply and staff this lab.

If you would like to learn more about this project, you can attend a club meeting Tuesday, May 7, for a presentation.

For more information, contact Maggie Peterson 425-771-3482 or Mag2Teach@comcast.net.


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