Students collecting clothes, toys for African children

Today@SAM – After spending the summer in Africa on an archaeological dig, students from the Lewis Paleobiology Lab and the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Organization decided to make a difference by collecting items for the children living there.

The Koanaka Kids Project is seeking such items as small toys, sports equipment, picture and coloring books, pens, paper, clothes and shoes. Picture books are necessary because they speak a different language, according to junior biology major Alicia Kennedy.

“The children we want to help come from a small village in northwestern Botswana called XaiXai,” she said. “This village consists of about 500 people from two different tribes of San Bushman. This is a very poor village. Most of the children appear unclothed and malnourished.”

Collection boxes have been placed in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, Newton Gresham Library, Lee Drain Building Rooms 103 and 200, the Lowman Student Center, the Academic Building II Computer Lab, the Health and Kinesiology Center and many other buildings across campus.

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