Pencils to Ethiopia; Burnsville student’s project honored

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Egeziharya Yilma organized the Project Pencil drive at Burnsville High School to raise funds for school supplies for Ethiopian schools. (Submitted photo)

Egeziharya Yilma organized the Project Pencil drive at Burnsville High School to raise funds for school supplies for Ethiopian schools. (Submitted photo)

Egeziharya Yilma remembers seeing children skipping to school wearing backpacks with broken zippers and few contents — maybe a single sheet of paper or a broken pencil that bounced with every skip.

That was three years ago in her parents’ homeland of Ethiopia. It made Yilma reflect on her $35 backpack back home in Burnsville, filled with notebooks and supplies, and her closet filled with shoes.

“I had top-notch education, but I never once skipped to school,” Yilma wrote. “I knew right then I had to do something.”

Now a Burnsville High School junior, Yilma went on to create Project Pencil, which culminated in July with her delivery of seven large suitcases of school supplies to two Ethiopian schools.

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