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AHA Senior Shares Her Journey to India to Complete a Homework Assignment on Sonoran Living

Posted On: 2014-05-14


American Heritage Academy Senior and the 2014 Verde Pride Student of the Year Shares Her Journey to India to Complete a Homework Assignment

American Heritage Academy (AHA) is a tuition free, non-profit public charter school with two campuses in Cottonwood which serves Kindergarten through 12th grades and Camp Verde which serves Kindergarten through 8th grades.

American Heritage Academy has been, "Building Tomorrows Heroes Today," by promoting America's founding principles through, classical liberal arts education, fostering personal greatness, community service, strong academic and leadership skills, while reaffirming hope in a caring environment.

An important part of AHA's culture is the "AHA Student Giving Back" program. AHA students in Cottonwood donate an hour of class time each week to local nonprofit organizations. This service culminates in a service project for each AHA Senior as part of their graduation requirement.

For AHA senior, Kaitlyn Witt, this assignment took her on a journey to India, which not only changed her life, but also changed the lives of 30 widows and 20 young girls living in the improvised villages in India.

Kaitlyn's senior project was two fold. First, she wanted to raise money to buy foot pedal sewing machines for widows going to school at the Lighthouse Sewing School in India. Kaitlyn says that due to lack of education and job opportunities, the widows had no way of supporting their families, but a $100 sewing machine would enable the students to start micro sewing businesses which would help the families avoid the grim reality of life on the streets and possible starvation.

The second part of Kaitlyn's project was to create and host a four day, all-expense paid, "Girls of Faith Dance Camp" for young girls living in extreme poverty. The four day camp was designed to enhance their self esteem through basic lyrical dance classes, which incorporated ballet techniques, games and a dance performance.

To make her project a reality, Kaitlyn started a Colors of India website, approached family, friends, students, and members of her church. Through their support, she was able to raise approximately $6000 which funded both projects. In November, she boarded a plane and set off on an 11 day journey to complete her assignment.

Kaitlyn says, she always thought the required American Heritage Academy Senior Community Project was a cool idea and a way to use everything you have learned and apply it to help the community.

Kaitlin's next big project is college. Thanks to American Heritages Academy's "Free Early College" program, she will begin her higher education journey with more than the first semester completed. Many of the seniors at American Heritage Academy are taking advantage of the school's early college program. These college classes also count toward their high school credit.

This year, American Heritage Academy's Camp Verde campus located at 132 General Crook Trail in Camp Verde, is growing. Construction of a new gym with a basketball court and theater stage, additional classrooms, and a new service kitchen is scheduled to be complete during the early part of the new school year.

Enrollment is underway at both campuses for the 2014-2015 school year.

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