Merit Academy and Mtulu Primary School
In the spring of 2014 Dorothy Winters, the Director of Kenya Keys’ Global Classroom program, visited Merit Academy in Springville, Utah. She was touched to hear the students speak of and ask about their Kenyan sister school of 4 years, Mtulu Primary School, with such familiarity and excitement. “Mtulu” has become a household name at this darling Utah high school. Since 2010, Merit Academy has been dedicated to improving the lives of the students at this rural Kenyan school, by annually holding a 5K fun-run fundraiser.
A few months later, Dorothy was in Kenya and visited Mtulu Primary School. She met the principal and before she had a chance to tell him who she was, he said “Merit Academy” with the same beautiful familiarity as those high school kids in Utah who fondly speak of Mtulu.
Granite Elementary School and Magale Primary School
Granite Elementary School, in Salt Lake City, Utah is a relative newcomer to the Global Classroom program. After a fun and educational assembly about life and the schools in the villages of rural Kenya the kids got to work raising funds for their new “sister school,” Magale Primary School. It was inspiring to see so many young children doing extra chores and raising money any way they could.
A few months later, while Dorothy was in Kenya, she had the opportunity to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new classroom and latrines built at Magale. This is how Dorothy described her experience: “Here I am on the other side of the world, three flights plus a 6 hour drive away from home and I am struck with emotion as I discover the words ‘Donated by Granite School, Utah’ on the freshly painted sparkling new latrines and classroom at Magale Primary School. In a beautiful way our worlds have collided.”
This is what the Global Classroom program accomplishes: increased awareness and cultural appreciation, meaningful global connections, the provision of much-needed educational facilities and resources, and more.