Walk for wisdom: Isenberg elementary to host walk to support South Sudan

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 21, 2016

SALISBURY — Isenberg’s Kiwanis Kids are moving at a fast pace implementing a service project that benefits schools in South Sudan.

Kiwanis Kids is a service and leadership development club for Isenberg’s fifth-graders. Club members participate in community service projects that develop character, empathy and social skills. On April 8, three of the club’s officers, President Adamma Anukwuem, Vice-President Natavia Reid and Secretary Amber Bostian made a presentation at the Salisbury Kiwanis luncheon at the Salisbury Country Club.

During their presentation, they thanked the local service organization for providing support and encouragement to Isenberg’s students for the past five years. They also shared plans for the upcoming Walk for Wisdom event on April 23 and introduced Ngor Kur Mayol, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who helped inspire the Raising South Sudan project — a school construction, education and teacher training effort.

Isenberg is participating in Any1Can Walk for Wisdom 2016 in support of the Raising South Sudan educational partnership. To support this project in South Sudan, the world’s newest and most fragile country, several opportunities are available to Isenberg students. On April 8, students in grades two through five attended an assembly to learn about life in South Sudan with Ngor Kur Mayol. On April 12, Isenberg had a pajama day where students paid $1 to wear their PJs to school in support of South Sudan.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Isenberg’s students and staff members and guests are invited to participate in the Walk for Wisdom event at Isenberg. The 2-mile walk will take place on Isenberg’s playground track (or the gym if it rains).

In 2001, nearly 4,000 former “Lost Boys of Sudan” were invited to come to the U.S. as refugees and become citizens. Many of the Lost Boys who reside in the U.S. are key catalysts in promoting peace and education in their home country.

Any1Can 2016 Walk for Wisdom, a service learning program created by Charlotte-based 501c3 nonprofit Mothering Across Continents (www.motheringacrosscontinents.org) supports two primary schools serving three villages in Unity State, South Sudan, where 90 percent of the adult population cannot read. Funds are designated for scholarships, teacher training, meals, solar lights, uniforms, books and school supplies. Isenberg is one of 11 schools throughout the U.S. participating in the Walk for Wisdom service learning project.

Isenberg’s Walk for Wisdom event is being facilitated by Isenberg’s Kiwanis Kids, the Isenberg PTA and Sudan Rowan. For more information, contact Karen Puckett, Isenberg Media Specialist at 704-639-3009, extension 109.