Pencils to Ethiopia; Burnsville student’s project honored
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.