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The Hillsdale Effect Honored by the City of San Mateo City Council

Hillsdale Effect Being Honored at San Mateo City Council
The Hillsdale Effect, Hillsdale High's unique Interact Club which focuses on addressing issues of poverty, was honored at a September San Mateo City Council meeting for its work in providing microloans to impoverished women in Guatemala. The Guatemalan Consul General was in attendance and hand-delivered certificates of recognition to more than 20 students and then met and talked with them after the ceremony. This was part of a celebration of the friendship between Guatemala, Mexico and the City of San Mateo. The Hillsdale Effect, entering it's 10th year, has raised over $60,000 for microloans to help women in Guatemala start or grow small businesses. Since 2009, the club -- a partnership between San Mateo Rotary Club, the non-profit organization Namaste-Direct, and students from Hillsdale and Middle College -- has sent over 80 students to learn about poverty, international development and Guatemalan culture as part of an annual Microfinance Study Tour held each summer. Teachers Sarah Press and Greg Lance advise the club, which is about to begin it's annual "Penny Wars" fundraising campaign for microloans. Those interested in learning more about the club and how you can help are encouraged to visit the Hillsdale Effect's student-designed website

Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis Published:9/26/17
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