IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Main Street School raised more than $1,400 for the Malala Fund through proceeds from concession sales and entry fees to a screening of the documentary “He Named Me Malala” on April 26.
“Thank you to everyone who joined us for the screening,” Principal Joyce Chapnick said. “We had more than 200 people in attendance and the fundraiser was a tremendous success. We raised $716, which was matched by a Main Street School family, and we’ll be sending the Malala Fund a check for $1,432.”
The Malala Fund is named for Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. In 2012, when she was only 15 she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban opposed to her efforts.
The goal of the Malala Fund is to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change- makers in their families and communities.
Following the screening, Sarah Costa, executive director of the Women's Refugee Commission, facilitated a conversation regarding the issues raised in the film. Costa oversees the commission’s research and advocacy work to protect and empower women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis.
“A special thank-you to the members of the student committee who met before school to plan the event and then did a fabulous job of running it,” Chapnick said. “Thanks to the parents and MSS staff for helping with the event.”
The students who assisted with the event were Becca Boritz, Sahana Harsha, Emma Jee, Katelyn Jee, Sofia Martinez, Maren Piersol, Maya Phillips, Tara Phillips, Ava Rubin, Talia Ruoff, Alessia Squires, Meera Verma, Dylan Wels and Samantha Wilson.