Students from Saunders and Gorton high schools and neighboring New Rochelle High School joined the Lincoln community in the school's 5th Annual Walk to raise money for AIDS orphans sheltered at the Nyamila Community Center in Siaya, southwest Kenya.
A beautiful, friendly, October day welcomed walkers to the event, lovingly organized by Lincoln's Social Studies Department.
Participants in the annual AIDS Walk solicit sponsors in advance and, weather permitting, complete ten laps around the Lincoln track—a total of 2.5 miles.
Money raised goes to the Isaka Memorial Foundation which sponsors the Nyamila Community Center, a haven for AIDS orphans, located in Siaya, in southwest Kenya.
Record numbers of Lincoln students, staff, and members of the community attended.
Twenty-five Lincoln teachers and administrators were present to help kick off and run the event. Lincoln teachers donated food and drink to provide walkers with light refreshment as they circled the track.
Members of the Girl Scouts helped out by punching tickets as participants completed their laps. Lincoln alumni from the classes of 1988 and 1999 also participated. Event organizers entertained children with glitter "tattoos" and animal balloons.
Money raised this year exceeded $6500, a record for the five years this event has taken place. All totaled, the event has raised over $30,000 since its inception.
This year, the children of the Community Center paid tribute to Lincoln High School with a beautiful painting depicting an African scene.