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High schoolers raise money for charity

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Murali Kamma Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Murali Kamma
July 2018
High schoolers raise money for charity


1) Gautam Desai’s Kids for Chess Camp benefits Save the Children.

Gautam Desai, a rising junior at the Gwinnett School of Math, Science & Technology in Lawrenceville, Georgia, is planning a nonprofit chess camp in Suwanee, from July 9th to July 12th, and again from July 30th to Aug 2nd, to raise money for and His website,, bears the slogan, “DEVELOPING YOUNG MINDS AND PLAYING FOR A CAUSE” and encourages kids with no chess experience to try.

2) Aratrika and Urjoshi Kar raise money for children battling cancer.

Twin sisters—Aratrika (Rimjhim) Kar and Urjoshi (Brishti) Kar, 9th graders at Alpharetta High School—decided to try a Facebook fundraising campaign for children with cancer. They kept a small target but actually raised hundreds of dollars, three times as much as they expected, in a few days and donated it to Access Life America.

They say, “You can all do this in your own simple and small way.

“We know that for past few years, there is an annual event by Access Life America (ALA) in Atlanta as a fundraiser. We have participated there couple of times. This year, we thought that we will initiate in our own small way to reach out to our FB contacts, make awareness, build more networks for ALA, and attempt to raise some small contribution.

“It was an overwhelming response from friends and families even out of Atlanta – from NY to Miami. We feel, more than the fund, by this, the awareness reached distant places. That was a good feeling. We guess ALA would like that, too.”

It just goes to show that small steps are not so small after all. Every step can count more than you expect.


[The article above is a Website Bonus Feature, appearing only on the website for July 2018, not in the print/digital issues.]

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