The Oneida Middle School student club Oneida Students for Anti-Racism is seeking community support to win a $25,000 grant that would fund a student trip to Washington D.C. and other activities.
The Oneida student club is one of 200 finalists for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants worth $25,000; 40 of the finalists will ultimately win the grant after voting opens to the public Wednesday.
People can vote for the student club by visiting http://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2039115 and cast up to 10 separate votes a day using the same email address. Voting is open to the public from Aug. 18 to 27.
Yacouba Sangare, an Oneida teacher and the club’s adviser, said if they win the grant they will use it to fund a student debate team, a slam poetry program and the Washington trip. He said the Washington trip would center around a planned anti-racism book festival that will be held at American University, giving students a chance to meet authors and people they are reading and learning about in school and through the club. He said they would also seek to meet elected representatives and visit the city’s many sites.
Sangare said the trip would be the first chance for many of the students to visit the nation’s capital and learn about the people who make decisions that impact their community and lives.
“It will give them opportunities to do things we normally don’t do in schools,” Sangare said. “The reasons (to support the club) are endless.”