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URI students to use lofty approach to raise funds for Ugandan children

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

For Further Information: Colin Giblin, Cell: 401/316-9407

KINGSTON, RI -- October 26, 2007 -- The Schools for Schools group at the University of Rhode Island will be on the Quadrangle throughout the day Thursday, Nov. 1 selling customized balloons to raise money for schoolchildren in Uganda.

Members of the campus community can buy balloons and have drawings and quotes drawn on them.

Money from the balloon sales will be donated to the Atanga Secondary School in Uganda for books and supplies. Other universities and colleges across the country are raising money for schools in Uganda so they can pay for building renovations, continuing education for teachers and to subsidize tuition.

Many Ugandan children live in displacement camps set up by the Ugandan government 10 years ago to protect people from the Lordís Resistance Army, a rebel group that has been waging war in Uganda for nearly 23 years.

So far this year the Schools for Schools URI group has held a car wash, T-shirt sale, and a book drive. Since the start of the semester the group has raised more than $200.

The URI groupís officers are:

Meg Gillard-President/Founder
Andrew Valainis-Co-Pres/Treasurer
Michelle Hetu-Co-Pres/Secretary
Maggie Reaske- VP/Street Team Coordinator
Ayla Durst-Graphics and Design
Marcy Labossiere-Promotions
Colin Giblin-Publicity

The group meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Room 301.

Schools for Schools is a program of Invisible Children, Inc. in which schools in the United States sponsor a school in war-ravaged Northern Uganda.

For further information contact Colin Giblin, Director of Publicity for Schools 4 Schools URI, at 401-316-9407, or