Making the Grade in Kenya Fundraising Dinner

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On Tuesday, February 24th, the Honors Student Congress held the “Making the Grade in Kenya” fundraising dinner. The goal of this event was to raise a $2,000 scholarship for Hannah, a female student at the Beverly School of Kenya. This scholarship would cover all of Hannah’s educational cost for one year, including room and board and other educational expenses.  After a tremendous amount of hard work, I am happy to report that the Honors Student Congress surpassed this goal and raised nearly $4,000 – enough to fund Hannah for two years! This could not have been done without the work of the Honors Student Congress Service Committee and the incredible support of the Bridgewater State University faculty, staff, families, and community members. The entire BSU community came together to support this cause, and we would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we received; with your help we were able to double our goal!

The night began with a silent auction hour, with an array of items available to be bid on. Items up for auction included Maroon 5 concert tickets, Red Sox tickets, Hy-line tickets, BSU sweatshirts, restaurant gift cards, and much more! All the proceeds from the silent auction went directly towards Hannah’s scholarship. The remaining funds were raised through donations and the selling of 50/50 raffle tickets. During this opening hour, many people also stopped by our letter writing station, where they wrote letters to students at the Beverly School of Kenya.

After the auction, Nara Nascimento, chair of the Honors Student Congress Service Committee, welcomed everyone to the event. After this welcoming address, Emily Wiegand, the Service Committee Chair-elect, introduced Sue Swanberg, an ambassador for the Beverly School of Kenya. During her presentation, Sue Swanberg provided the audience with a detailed look at the school. Through a combination of pictures and stories of her personal experiences visiting the school, her presentation truly allowed the audience to understand the students and the mission of the Beverly School of Kenya. Following Sue Swanberg’s presentation, Abdi Lidondi, the founder of the school, provided the audience with a few words about the history of the Beverly School of Kenya.  Dinner followed, along with the announcement of the silent auction winners and the winner of the 50/50 raffle.

Thank you again to everyone who made this fundraiser a success!

For more information about the Beverly School of Kenya, visit their website at

-K. A.

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