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West Union Elementary partners with school in Uganda

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Students at West Union Elementary School cheer during an assembly announcing a partnership with a school in Uganda. Principal John Allen (in middle of photo) will travel to Uganda this summer to deliver messages from West Union students.West Union Elementary School on Wednesday kicked off a partnership with Mpondwe Lhubiriha Secondary School in Uganda. Students at West Union will complete projects that will be delivered to the school in Uganda this summer by West Union Principal John Allen.

Projects will include "my favorite part of me," in which students describe their favorite feature or attribute; watercolor paintings of the different varieties of trees in the area; an ABC Oregon book; and a West Union picture book. In return, Mr. Allen will collect art projects and other gifts that the Ugandan students have prepared for West Union. "This is a unique opportunity for our students to make a global connection and explore a culture that they otherwise might never be exposed to," Allen said. "Students and staff are excited to share their perspectives, experiences and messages of friendship with children who are thousands of miles away." West Union parent and president of Ideba Marketing, David Sly, is spearheading the effort.

His company, in partnership with Chase Bank, had previously worked with local nonprofit organization Schoolhouse Supplies to provide filled backpacks to students in need in Portland Public Schools. This year, Sly and his counterpart at Chase decided they wanted to support teachers and students in Hillsboro, as well. At the beginning of the school year, Schoolhouse Supplies provided boxes of supplies to every classroom at West Union. Sly announced last week that a second round of supplies would be heading to each classroom, according to teachers' specific needs.

Supplies worth more than $7,000 will be delivered to Mpondwe Lhubiriha during the summer trip, including solar lanterns that students can use in the evenings to complete their homework.

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