By Kyle Bradley
GROTON -- Fundraisers are hardly a rare sight at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, but it is a rarity when a foundation illuminates the campus as has Shed a Little Light.
Having been founded by Claire McCallan and Caitlyn Holmes in 2010, their freshman year, under the supervision of English teacher Kelly Cook, Shed a Little Light has continued to provide fresh water, shelter and other necessities to the Republican of South Sudan.
The organization's founders were inspired by the novel "Night" by Elie Wiesel, a memoir that tells of the writer's struggles as a Jew during the Holocaust, as well as information on more recent examples of genocide. They ultimately decided to help the Republic of South Sudan, which is still recovering from two civil wars and a lengthy internal power struggle.
Club members have sold products at the school from companies such as Dunkin' Donuts and Panera Bread at a slight mark-up to raise money for the cause, in addition to bringing food trucks to the school during the spring.
In the past, Shed a Little Light has sponsored individual children as well as a small school in South Sudan, once raising approximately $400 with a single bake sale for a South Sudanese child named Huzifa.
The organization's current president and vice president, Julia Busser and Emily McAuliffe, respectively, explained their interest in the program and the need for its continuation. They both know, they said, that learning about other cultures and people in need is important, as is getting involved to make things better.
To learn more or make a donation to The Darfur Dream, Project Education South Sudan, The Sudanese Education Fund, go to the Darfur Dream Team website.
And if you happen to see "Shed a Little Light," it may just be worth looking into.