Brownell’s GEAR Up! Club Goes Fishing

IMG_1386What happens when you mix Drama Club, National Junior Honor Society, and GEAR Up! Club? Well, at Brownell Middle School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan you get fun, fish, and $380 in donations for a very worthy cause.

Here’s the scoop … in March, Brownell Middle School students put their heads together to support Friends of Kenyan Orphans. Brownell’s NJHS students sold candy and water during the school’s Drama Club production.  GEAR Up! sold Swedish fish in cleverly made paper origami-type packets, which were recyclable.  The students had a QR code on the front of each packet, which would lead to Friends Of Kenyan Orphans’ web site.  When the purchaser opened the packet and ate the Swedish fish, a picture of the fish drawn by a class 4 student from St. Clare could be found.

GEAR Up! is a student club started at Brownell in 2011.  The club explores ways for Brownell to become a more environmentally responsible community and initiates projects involving recycled materials. The students latched on to the fish theme as a clever way to connect to Father Riwa’s fisheries at The Children’s Village in Meru Kenya.  In an effort to become self sufficient in the care and feeding of the children at St. Clare, Father Riwa is developing fisheries at The Children’s Village.  These fisheries provide a nutritious protein supply and contribute to a more balanced diet for the young girls living at St. Clare. Swedish fish sales at Brownell have helped Fr. Riwa raise fish to sustain life at St. Clare.IMG_1381

Brownell Middle School teacher Joanna Porvin presented the $380 check to Friends of Kenyan Orphans in late April.  Joanna traveled to Kenya with Bud and Sue Ozar (founders of Friends of Kenyan Orphans) in 2010 and has remained a strong supporter of the charity ever since.

Thank you to all the students and staff at Brownell who joined together to help the girls at St. Clare in Meru .. and for being socially responsible stewards of our environment. If you want to help contribute to the fisheries at The Children’s Village, or find other ways to help, visit and click on the HOW YOU CAN HELP link.

Thank you!Fish Bulletin Board