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Annual Valentine's Day Carnation Sale Benefits Education Initiative in Uganda
Annual Valentine's Day Carnation Sale Benefits Education Initiative in Uganda

Upper School students crowded the lobby this morning to pick up carnations purchased by friends and to wish one another a Happy Valentine's Day.

This year's sale was organized by The International Action Club (InterAct), in partnership with the Student Life Committee and Girl Up, a new club launched by sophomore Brooke Littman at PDS this year. Girl Up is part of a United Nations initiative that advocates for girls' education, safety and health. All 600 carnations sold out.

The proceeds of the sale, well over $1000, will benefit a Girl Up and UN Refugee Agency initiative in Uganda. 50% of girls in Uganda have never had a first day of school, and only one in five makes it to the seventh grade. Many girls in Uganda are forced to drop out of school due to poverty, safety concerns, teenage pregnancy or lack of parental support.

Girl Up's work combats these issues to ensure a quality education for girls in Uganda. So far this program has helped 4,414 girls attend school.

"I'm overwhelmed by all the love and support the PDS community has given the carnation sale," says Littman. "The sales have exceeded our expectations, and I'm so proud of everyone who spent hours contributing to this effort. The profits from the sale are going to an amazing cause, and it makes me so happy to think about how many girls' lives we're going to impact for the better in Uganda."

Learn more about Girl Up's efforts in Uganda at www.girlupuganda.org.

... and Happy Valentine's Day from PDS!