Updated July 02, 2006 at 7:42 pm EST
AUG 04 - JULY 05
Pennsylvania Governor’s School of International Studies 2006 Supports AIDS Awareness!
The event was organized by Alex Smith, Tory Pratt, and Emily Becker who
have been passionate about the issue of raising support and awareness to
combat the AIDS crisis.
More than 100 signatures were collected for a petition to send to the President Bush, Pennsylvania senators Rick Santorum & Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania congressional representatives, and Pennsylvania state representatives of the House and Senate.
Asa Craig, a PGSIS 2006 student and participant in the AIDS benefit dance went a step further and asked his fellow classmates to write letters to the editors of their local newspaper about the AIDS crisis.
“I wrote a small introductory paragraph to the newspaper why they should
support the AIDS [cause]. Along with that section, I made a whole
editorial page about the problem with AIDS and how it is affecting
everyone internationally. Then, I listed on the bottom five
organizations people in our community can donate to.
As the AIDS benefit dance continued, five PGSIS 2006 students, Bryant Chung, Brad Glasser, Jing Zhang, Alex Lebow, and Andre Kenstowicz emphasized the importance of letting our president know the seriousness of the AIDS issue.
The event was student initiated and student organized with the support of their Resident Teaching Advisors (RTA’s). Joe Brennan, one of the RTA’s and a student of law going into his 3rd year law at Seton Hall University was very proud of what was taking place.
“I think it is great what they started here! It all started by them
watching a movie. They really took the initiative by seeing the problem
of AIDS in Africa and specifically all over the world. And they brought
something home right here to Pittsburgh. Raising money here is showing
how even here in Pittsburgh can help problems all over. They really put
a lot of work into it and got a good turnout”, said Brennan.
Ramesh C. Reddy can be reached at reddy4HisGlory2004@yahoo.com
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