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New Canaan's Saxe Middle School Raising Funds For Playground In Kenya

Saxe Middle School students are raising funds to build a playground for students in Kenya.
Saxe Middle School students are raising funds to build a playground for students in Kenya. Photo Credit: GoFundMe

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A group of eighth-graders from Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, with the guidance of STEM teacher Vivian Birdsall, are working to raise $3,500 for a school in Kenya that needs a playground. 

They have set up a GoFundMe page as well as donation boxes at the school, and are planning a special event on June 10.

The Nambale Magnet School, located in Nambale, Kenya, is the first of its kind and provides a chance for orphaned children to live better lives. 

For the past several years, Birdsall has traveled to Africa countless times to provide aid to the children. In the hope of improving the students' lives, the Saxe students came up with the idea for the GoFundMe page and special events.

To raise the money, they have put together an event to demonstrate how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can make revolutionary differences in the real world, including third-world countries such as Kenya. 

The event, from 6 to 8 p.m. June 10 will include a robot programmed by Theo Nelson and Johnny Renda, along with a food wall made by Megan Rigione. There will also be presentations from guest speakers about the magnet school. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

Admission is $25, and all proceeds go to helping build the school a playground. To donate online, visit: To date they have raised $1,300. To learn more about the Nambale Magnet School go to:

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