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12/17/2004 Linfield students build school in Africa

McMINNVILLE – Students in Ghana, Africa, will settle into a new school soon, thanks to the efforts of Linfield College students.

Members of the Associated Students of Linfield College have raised over $6,000 to construct the Linfield Primary School in Kokomleme, a suburb of Accra, Ghana. Construction is expected to be complete in January, according to Seth Prickett, ASLC president.

More than 200 students attended the Kokomleme Primary School before the dilapidated structure collapsed in an October wind storm. The building was little more than a corrugated aluminum roof with holes, held up by wooden polls. There were no walls.

Prickett, along with other Linfield students, saw the school last year during a January term class, History of Modern Ghana. After returning from Africa, Prickett proposed the project as ASLC’s official charity for the year.

"I used the school as an example of what I wanted to do as president while I campaigned," he said. "I saw an opportunity to make a huge impact on these children’s lives that was feasible and relatively low in cost for such a big impact as the end result."

Linfield students from both the Portland and McMinnville campuses have worked together to raise funds through a variety of projects.

"The students are to be commended for their initiative," said David Groff, associate vice president for academic affairs and director of the Linfield Portland Campus, who co-taught the class in Ghana. "It has been a cooperative effort on the part of students from both campuses."

ASLC is now focusing on raising money for books, desks and supplies, and also hopes to eventually supply computers. School officials have decided to rename the new school in Linfield’s honor.

"As an academic institution it is our duty to spread our good fortune to other places that really need an educational backbone," Prickett said. "As students ourselves, we can relate to the importance of an education and we are blessed here at Linfield and in the United States. I believe it is our duty to help others in need."