Rocklin and Granite Bay high schools combine efforts to help build school in Sudan

By: Staff report
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Though they are normally rivals on the football field, students at Rocklin High School and Granite Bay High School are combining efforts to help raise funds to build a school in Malik, Southern Sudan. As part of global awareness and community service, the two high schools have each formed a Sudan Club to raise awareness and money for impoverished villages in Southern Sudan. All proceeds from club activities will be donated to the Placer County based nonprofit corporation Impact a Village, Inc. ( whose mission is to improve education in Southern Sudan. Rocklin High School is hosting Deng Jongkuch, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” (refers to 30,000 young boys who were displaced from their villages during the Sudan Civil War) to speak 7-8:30 p.m. March 25 at the Rocklin Sunset Center located at 2650 Sunset Blvd in Rocklin and at the same time Granite Bay High School will be helping in the fundraising efforts and will have a raffle and sell African gift items immediately following the speaking event. The public is invited to attend the free event. Donations to Impact a Village will be accepted. Jongkuch, a recent graduate from San Jose State University and currently pursuing his masters in public health, will discuss his challenging experiences during his 18-year displacement from his family where he endured walks of more than 1,000 miles, lack of food, water and shelter, violence and years in refugee camps. He will also discuss his experience in the U.S. and his passion for helping rebuild villages in Southern Sudan. Granite Bay High School held a similar event on Nov. 13, 2008 with more than 600 students, parents and members of the community in attendance.