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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Newspaper Article for Morehead News



Nancy Sartor created this middle school “Pick Me!” poster.





Blessing Hands Conducts “Pick Me!” Campaign on MSU Campus

Blessing Hands, a Morehead charity that gives school aid to students in Morehead’s Sister City of Yangshuo, China, recently completed their “pick me!” campaign to encourage student sponsorship. Blessing Hands supports over 400 Chinese students ranging in age from primary to college.

Local artists Linda Brewer, Nancy Sartor, Meg Glancy, Betty Cutts, and Carolyn Boyd made ten posters for the “Pick Me!” campaign. Chi Omega Sorority volunteers helped with the table display at Adron Doran University Center. Hongyu Mai, Charlotte Chen, Penny Ye, and Sophia Yao, visiting Chinese scholars from Guangxi University, also manned the tables and shared Chinese information.

Sponsors were able to “pick” students from a giving tree of blooming students. The event was specialized for the campus of Morehead State University and recruited 172 new pen pals while 150 people were added to their newsletter list. More than 60 students received new sponsors and five college scholarships were either pledged or given. The total of pledges and donations was over four thousand dollars. All the primary students received sponsors.

Blessing Hands now has a reconditioned webpage at http://www.blessing-hands.org. Dr. Scott Wymer’s information technology class students, especially Jessica Garrish, have worked on the page for a year as a senior project. The webpage shows students who need sponsors, locations of schools on Google Earth, student art work, and information about water and library projects that Blessing Hands is promoting in our sister city. A database works with the page to furnish student pictures and school locations. Blessing Hands invites you to view the new page and select a student to support with their “Pick Me!” button. Blessing Hands also has an internet blog or journal that tells all the news of Blessing Hands. It is located at http://blessinghands.blogspot.com.


If you would like to sponsor a child in our sister city, you can contact Betty Cutts at 606 784 4785 or write to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY. 40351. Middle school students need $50 a year in support while high school students require $160 a year, since they are boarding students and must pay their own tuition after the age of 15. Blessing Hands gives $500 yearly college scholarships and currently has twenty-two college students enrolled. Over 25 new college scholarships will be needed for graduating seniors this year.


Left to right: University students Abby Oney and Danielle Caudill volunteered at the Blessing Hands “Pick Me!” table on campus.


Carolyn Boyd with her “Pick Me!” poster

Chinese visiting scholar, Sophia Yao, volunteered during the “Pick Me!” campaign.