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Jackson High seniors seek to raise awareness about human trafficking


JACKSON TWP.  Five Jackson High School seniors want people in their community to be on the lookout for the signs that people who live among us are being forced into a life of prostitution.

Their efforts as part of their senior project for the Jackson Academy for Global Studies culminated in the organization of a fundraiser and one-mile walk over three hours Saturday on the track of Jackson High School’s Netz Stadium.

Within 20 minutes of the event’s start at 10 a.m., organizers estimated that 50 had shown up during the chilly but sunny morning to walk four laps around the track, with many signing an event poster. Nearly everyone there around 10:30 a.m. wore a mask. After the three-hour event, organizers estimated that a turnout of about 200.

Within about half an hour of the start of the event Walking in Blue against human trafficking at Jackson High School in Jackson Township Saturday morning, about 50 had participated in the mile-long walk, organizers said.

Students sold donated Chick-fil-A sandwiches for $3, bottled water for $2 and chips for $1, with the proceeds they said going to Rahab Ministries. The charity based in Fairlawn says it’s a Christian organization that provides shelter, refuge, outreach and mentorship to help people escape sex trafficking and prostitution.

Jackson High School students at the school in Jackson Township Saturday morning sell donated Chick-fil-A sandwiches for $3 to raise money to donate to Rahab Ministries, which is devoted to providing shelter and support to victims of human trafficking. The fundraiser was part of the event Walking in Blue where participants walked a mile on the school's track against human trafficking.

As part of the fundraiser, students also sold $1 raffle tickets with donated $50 gift cards for businesses like B.J.’s Restaurant Brewhouse and beauty products store Sephora.

Jackson High School students sell raffle tickets Saturday morning with gift cards as prizes to raise money for a charity that combats human trafficking. The fundraiser was part of an event organized by students at the school's track called Walking in Blue, a one-mile walk against human trafficking.

In an email after the event, organizer and Jackson High School senior Makenzie Morgan wrote the event raised $1,300 and attendees donated about 1,000 items, many of them toiletries for victims of trafficking. She added that local Chick-fil-A franchise owner Doug Pugh donated 75 sandwiches, all which were sold.

The other four organizers are also Jackson High School seniors who are students for the Jackson Academy for Global Studies, often referred to as JAGS. Aly Stanislawski, made the announcements at the event with Morgan. The three others were competing at a cross country meet, said JAGS Service Coordinator Kathryn Stone. They are Ariel Torgler, Samantha Stuhlmiller and Alivia Lutz. 


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