MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- It's a long way from Mamaroneck to Senegal but for a group of students at Mamaroneck High School (MHS), the distance is never far from their hearts.
For the past seven years, the members of Students for Senegal have been raising money to build a learning center in the Senegalese village of Lambaye where their Chemistry Teacher, Amary Seck, was born and raised.
This year, according to Sammie Miyashita, president of the club, they are closer than ever to getting the learning center built.
"We currently have around $140,000 raised and are hoping to earn at least $50,000 in order to be on track with our goal," said the high school senior. "There’s going to be another trip to Senegal next school year so we are hoping to begin the building process by then."
The goal of the 70-member club is to expand educational opportunities in Senegal by constructing learning centers, empowering women and girls, and promoting cultural exchange.
"We believe in the power of an education to transform a person’s life," explained Miyashita.
The group has already met with architects and has the design and builders set and ready to go.
To help aid the mission, the group is holding a "SeneGala".at Bonnie Briar Country Club on Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m.