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Positively Richmond: Students Collect LEGOS for Schools in Richmond, Haiti and Uganda

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The LEGOS Change Kids Program has grown so much that students at J.R. Tucker High School have been invited to participate in a special summer camp in Uganda. The LEGOS Change Kids Program has grown so much that students at J.R. Tucker High School have been invited to participate in a special summer camp in Uganda.

The LEGOS Change Kids Program at J.R. Tucker High School is collecting LEGOS to stir up creative minds at schools in our area and around the world.

Eric Sundberg of the LEGOS Change Kids Program says that these plastic pieces have the power to inspire and playing with them could be the beginning of a future career in engineering or math. “They say music is the universal language… LEGOS can do this as well.

“You don’t have to speak English or a dialect. It’s whatever your imagination tells you you can do,” Sundberg said.

Eric Sundberg has played with LEGOS since he was three and now he uses them all the time with his FIRST Robotics teammates at J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico. It all started with an idea to share their love of science and technology with kids in a way that everyone could understand. As a result, the robotic team’s program “LEGOS Change Kids” was born.

“It’s really great to see students who’ve never seen LEGOS in their life such as the kids in Haiti and Uganda,” said Mahira Ali from the LEGOS Change Kids program.

Many of the collected LEGOS are being sent to Haiti and Uganda but others are distributed to 28 Richmond City Elementary Schools. The program collects bricks of every size – and has already donated $9,000 worth. The opportunities are priceless and countless.

Outreach Mentor Sally Sylvestor believes using LEGOS creates interest in science and technology for children and helps to build confidence. It can teach kids everywhere how to work as a team and to be a leader.

“You see the light in their eyes, the spark go on and so it’s something that we believe works with these kids to get them excited in science and technology,” Sylvester said.

This program has grown so much that the students at J.R. Tucker High School behind the LEGO initiative have been invited to participate in a special summer camp in Haiti.

“They love it, they’re inspired by it. It’s great because some of these kids haven’t been able to do this in their childhoods,” student Eric Sundberg said.

In addition to all of the growth this program has seen, there is also a long list of other schools that want to be a part of this program but more LEGOS are needed in order to make it happen!

You can drop off LEGO donations at J.R. Tucker High School at 2910 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23294.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond


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