Smart idea: senior helps children get school uniforms

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Laura George cannot erase the memory of small children clinging to a fence outside a school in the Dominican Republic, desperately hoping for a glimpse of the lessons going on inside. George, a senior studio art major from Hilton Head, S.C., was on a church mission trip when she noticed the children.

“The emotion on those kids’ faces tugged at my heart strings,” she said. “They were on the outside trying so hard to hear what the teacher was saying. I found out that they weren’t allowed to go to school because they couldn’t afford the required uniforms. All I could think was, ‘I could provide that.’”

That moment, which occurred when George was in high school, planted the seed for an innovative program called Look Smart that recently was recognized as a semifinalist in the Dell Social Innovation Competition.

Category: Student Life