(from Penn State Brandywine News Story)
In keeping with their focus this academic year on universal primary
education, Penn State Brandywine honors students are raising money for
children in Ghana, Africa to help pay for their schooling. In just four
hours on Monday, Nov. 2, the students raised almost 160 dollars in
quarters (360 dollars in total) for the Heritage Academy, a
co-educational primary and junior high day school founded in 2004 by
Kwesi Koomson, a math teacher at the Westtown School in West Chester,
and his wife, Melissa.
The quarter mile trail of quarters from the Tomezsko Classroom
Building to the Vairo Library will be given to the Heritage Academy,
located in Koomson's home village of Breman Esiam in the central region
of Ghana, to enable students in the regions to attend secondary school
In 2006, the Koomsons established the Schoerke Foundation, which
offers scholarships to Heritage students and others in the district
based on merit and financial need.
During the week of November 2, the campus was lucky enough to speak
directly with Koomson during a visit to campus to discuss the Academy.
The honors students also hosted an open mic session, where they
discussed the quarters project and the importance of universal primary
education, and they even decided to write letters to the students at the
The Quarter Mile of Quarters event was held in conjunction with the National Collegiate Honors Council's National Honors Service Day. Scholars Ben Bean and Jackie Glace were recognized for their outstanding leadership with this service project.
In photo, left to right: Joel Idicula, David Daley, Ben Bean.