Incline High students aim to build school in Senegal |

Incline High students aim to build school in Senegal

Special to the Bonanza
During Whatmore's 2012 trip to Malawi, she performed a great amount of volunteer work with children there, some of whom are seen here.
Photos courtesy Chloe Whatmore |

Incline High School students have set a goal to raise $30,000 before Feb. 28, 2014, to build a primary school in a village in Senegal. Sixteen students have joined forces as part of a new high school club named BuildOn.

BuildOn is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was started 23 years ago. Together with high schools around the country, volunteers have built more than 580 schools in nine third-world countries such as Nicaragua, Haiti, Nepal and Mali. BuildOn also has programs targeted at improving inner city schools here in the United States.

The school the Highlanders hope to build will serve students ages 5 to 12 in one of the poorest countries in Africa — Senegal. Once they have raised the funds for the construction, Incline students will have to opportunity to travel to Senegal to take part in the first stages of the construction.

They will live with a local African family in the village, physically help with construction and learn first hand about a completely different culture and lifestyle.

Club founder and president, Chloe Whatmore, participated in a similar trek to Malawi with her previous high school two years ago.

“It was, by far, the coolest thing I have ever done in my life and I feel like everyone should experience what I did,” Whatmore said.

The students are reaching out to the local community to help them with the awesome task they have ahead of them.

A fundraising page has been set up where you can make a donation to the cause. Each member of the club has an individual target of $2,000. On the site you can also read a short bio about each of the students and their reasons for wanting to help those less fortunate.

If you are able to assist with a fundraiser, such as hosting a dinner party at your home or donating a raffle prize; or if you have any questions or fundraising suggestions please contact Whatmore at or any one of the other 15 students in the club.

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