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      OHS fundraiser will donate school supplies to students in Africa

      The Ottumwa High School Interact Club is raising money for students less fortunate than themselves.

      Each year, the Interact Club completes a local and global project. Their local project was donating 15,000 food items to the Lord's Cupboard in Ottumwa. For their international project, the students decided to raise money to buy school supplies for students in Sierra Leone, Africa.

      "We had a couple different ideas and we all voted and we just decided that that would be something we could do to be really beneficial," said student Carleigh Aljets. "And especially as a student body, we know that they're very important, so sending school supplies to help others learn is very important to us."

      The school supplies will be donated through a program called Develop Africa. In order to raise money, the students are hosting a 5K run/walk called the 'Stache Dash at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 at the Jimmy Jones Shelter. The entry fee of $20 per person will go directly towards purchasing the school supplies.

      Each participant will be given a colorful stick-on mustache for the run, as well as a t-shirt for registration. The event is also pet and stroller friendly, so everyone is welcome.

      To fill out a registration form, click here. For any questions, call (641)-683-4444 or email Megan Wetrich or Heather Swanstrom.