“I’m not for sale:” Those are the words Alyssa Reisner and Ashley Rider, juniors at Waxahachie Global High, have been using to inspire people.
The two teamed up for Destination Imagination’s Project Outreach where they would have to design and carry out a project that addressed a need and integrated a social network into the solution.
As their project they chose slavery and have been working since to raise awareness about what is a modern-day issue.
“Many people think that slavery was abolished in the late 1800s, but in reality there are close to 27 million people caught in some form of slavery around the world. Between 600,000 and 800,000 are trafficked internationally, with as many as 17,500 people trafficked into the United States. There is even slavery in our local communities,” Alyssa and Ashley said.
The two have held several “Freedom Friday” events to raise awareness on these and other related facts at their high school and also to their friends on the Internet who aren’t so close.
“Social networking is a great way to spark a fire,” they said.
The two have set up a Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to help spread the word about their cause, saying they wanted to get the word out to a wider audience.
In their eyes, the Internet is not just a way to waste time. It is a way to post ideas, photos, links and other things that will get people thinking and push them to also help make an impact. They want people to look at an uncomfortable subject such as slavery in a new way and create better understanding of it.
They hope that with spreading awareness it will prevent others from being victimized. A major project Ashley and Alyssa did to help people who had been affected by slavery was this past Valentine’s Day, when they worked with New Friend, New Life Shelter, and passed out handmade valentines to show their love and support to more than 90 women and children.
Ashley and Alyssa started on their project late last year and have continued to work hard on it since.
They have been to several Destination Imagination competitions with it and are now headed to Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. At the Globals competition, they will be able to share their project with young people from around the world and make an even bigger impact than they already have.
For more information on their cause, visit their page at www.ihateslavery.tumblr.com.
Lydia Livingston is a junior at Waxahachie Global High and a newsroom intern with the Waxahachie Daily Light.
Waxahachie Global High is a public Early College High School campus with a limited, maximum class size of 100 students per grade. Enrollment is open each fall to incoming freshman applicants from Waxahachie ISD, homeschool and private school students as well as public school students from the Metroplex area. Throughout the year, the school welcomes applications and provides campus visits for interested students and parents both within and outside of the Waxahachie Independent School District. For more information on Waxahachie Global High, or to schedule a campus tour and receive an application, contact the school office at 972-923-4761. Global High is located at 600 W. Second St. in Waxahachie.
Upcoming Global events
Global High PTO
The next Waxahachie Global High School PTO meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy prior to Global High’s academic awards presentation.
New officers for the PTO board for 2011-2012 will be inducted into office.
All parents are encouraged to attend.
The Project Graduation committee has announced its schedule for upcoming meetings. All senior WHS and WGH parents, as well as anyone in the community interested in helping out with this year’s event are encouraged to attend.
Project Graduation meetings will be held at the Waxahachie High School Cafeteria at 7 p.m. May 9 and May 23.
Waxahachie Global High Facebook Page
Visit Facebook and search for the Waxahachie Global High. There you can join in on discussions, post your fa vorite Global High pictures and connect with other Global High students, staff and parents.
Global PTO Yahoo group
The WGH PTO invites any interested parent or family member to join the WGHPTO Yahoo groups.
This site will allow us to send e-mails to all that request information about what the PTO is doing. It will also serve as a historical information source. You will be able to read all “old” e-mails to know about past activities.
To join this group, you must e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very soon only members of this Yahoo group will receive e-mail communications from the PTO. It is strongly suggested that all current parents join to keep informed.
Buy a car, help a school
Roger Sierra, sales consultant with Waxahachie Autoplex, has pledged to donate $100 to the Global High PTO from his commission on any vehicle he sells.
“That’s new or used from any of our stores (which include Buick, GMC, Ford, Mercury, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep),” Sierra said.
“I’m a huge supporter of Global High and this is something I can to help everytime someone buys a vehicle from me,” he said.
For more information, contact Roger Sierra at 972-938-1991 or 972-351-1496.