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Marriott School students make kits for the poor
BYU NewsNet 23May00 D3
By Eliza Moody: NewsNet Staff Writer

PROVO, UTAH -- Marriott School staff members and two local Boy Scouts worked together to assemble educational kits which will be sent to Church Humanitarian Services for distribution. Scouts Quinten and Preston Christensen constructed the chalkboards as part of their Eagle Scout requirements. The boys each spent over 40 hours on the project, from fund-raising to securing materials to teaching others how to cut, sand, drill, and paint.

"It's been a lot of fun to make the chalkboards. We've had a lot of help putting them together," said Quinten Christensen, 16.

The chalkboards will be put in blue fabric bags made by the Marriott School staff together with an eraser, 250 sheets of paper, three pencils, a pencil sharpener, a box of chalk, and a pair of blunt nose scissors. Over 500 kits were completed.

Church Humanitarian Services distributes the kits based on need. Recent kits have been sent to Guatemala, Somalia, the Fuji Islands, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Dale Bills, a Church spokesman, commented, "These educational kits will be placed by church humanitarian service contacts who have identified schools, orphanages, and other educational institutions where basic school supplies are needed."


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