by Haniyyah Sardar, junior, Council Rock High School South
As the school year kicks into full gear, new and exciting student endeavors are taking place. Tanya Kumar, a junior at Council Rock High School South, is taking “charity” to a whole new level. She started the UNICEF Club at South.
Although the club is a fundraising one with all of its earnings going towards the UNICEF organization, the club plans to raise money in a not-so-traditional way. It is all about fundraising in a fun and interactive way that will also raise awareness for this incredible organization. Since the club is just starting, specific fundraising events cannot be disclosed, but Tanya promises that they will be anything but ordinary.
As both the sole founder and president of the club, Tanya is looking forward to the experience of helping others. She says that she started the UNICEF club in an effort to give back to the community. She has witnessed poverty in India, which has also influenced her decision to found this club.
Tanya adds, “I still sometimes can’t get over how insanely lucky I am, and it makes me think that there are people in this world that don’t even get a sufficient amount of food per day.”
She hopes that the club will better inform South’s students of the horrors of poverty and help them see how lucky they are. She stresses that the club is not all about raising money and adds, “it`s about bettering people`s lives.”
The club’s first official meeting will be held very soon. Tanya has started a club like no other at South and students are eager to become a part of it. Many students have been signing up since the start of the school year, which is good sign. With enough committed members, the club will become officially affiliated with UNICEF. Tanya is excited to see where the club goes and hopes that it will really take off and fundraising can begin.
All in all, the UNICEF club is something unique to South, which gives students the opportunity to give back and become a part of something big. The hope is that, above all, the efforts of the club will change the way students look at the world.
PHOTO CAP: Tanya Kumar