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Riley's Winter Fundraiser

Many Sprague children spent their winter break sledding, playing games, and watching movies. Sprague seven-year-old Riley Ozan did all of these activities, but also learned about countries in need of school supplies and equipment on a globe she received for Hanukkah.

The outcome of that gift got her thinking about how fortunate students in Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 were compared to students in places like The Gambia, West Africa. During her break the first-grader, with the help of her family, established a GoFundMe page, a crowdfunding page, to help raise money for the Malala Fund, an organization that helps girls around the globe secure an education. Enjoy Riley’s video story of her project.

“In researching the Malala Fund, Riley learned how girls worldwide did not always have the same access to a good education as she has,” said Riley’s mom, Jennie Ozan. “She looked at pictures of schools in The Gambia and saw it didn’t look like her classroom. She saw they didn’t have technology, the desks looked old, etc. Riley asked us how she could help so we looked for a good cause and found the Malala Fund.”

Out of that research grew Riley’s GoFundMe page to help raise money for the Malala Fund. Riley’s goal is to raise $2,500 for the organization. 

Of this winter project, Sprague Principal Ann Hofmeier said, “I love to see this kind of initiative! Way to go Riley! What a big heart you have for helping our world. The future is brighter with people like you helping to change the lives of others.”

Does your child have a story to tell? Send it to D103 Communications Coordinator Margaret Van Duch, mvanduch@d103.org