Raider Relief Launches Bottle School Blitz

November 14, 2011

Members of Raider Relief, a philanthropic student organization at the University of Mount Union, have launched Bottle School Blitz – a 10-day community and campus-wide fund-raising effort. The project will benefit Hug it Forward, a non-profit organization with an innovative approach to improving the educational infrastructure of developing nations.
Currently, Hug It Forward is focused on empowering communities in Guatemala to build “bottle schools” using discarded plastic bottles and non-biodegradable trash. The organization has a dozen bottle schools completed or in progress and several more in the planning stages.
“Our goal is to raise enough money to build a bottle school for a community, which currently has no school at all,” said Zak Suhar, a junior management and Spanish major of Cedarburg, WI, who also serves as the project leader for Bottle School Blitz. “The environmental benefits of doing this with what would otherwise be considered trash made the challenge almost irresistible. Hug It Forward was the perfect partner for this semester’s Raider Relief effort.”
The project consists of two phases:
  • The first phase, the community blitz, will take place on Saturday, November 19. Teams of student volunteers will staff tables set up outside of more than a dozen high-traffic retail locations throughout Alliance, asking shoppers for donations to support the project’s cause.
  • The second phase will be campus based, with empty plastic beverage bottles issued to hundreds of students before they head home for Thanksgiving break. Each student will be challenged to fill his or her bottle with spare change from home, and return to campus with a coin-filled bottle.
To learn more about the project, watch this YouTube video.

Those wishing to support the effort may indicate their interest by contacting Suhar at (262) 247-6396 or
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