• Hodgkins’ Garage Sale Sends African Students to School

    With the help of famous sports cartoonist Drew Litton and a huge community wide garage sale, Hodgkins Elementary raised more than $2500 over the weekend to help students in Africa get an education.

    The event exceeded all expectations.

    Proceeds from the two-day event will support the non-profit Seeds of South Sudan operated by school custodian Arok Garang, a onetime “Lost Boy of Sudan.” The organization raises money to send students in Kenya to school. The money raised over the weekend will pay for education, clothes, room and board, and health care for two students.

    Garang survived the civil war in Sudan by fleeing to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. He eventually relocated to Colorado where he started Seeds of South Sudan. He has returned to Africa three times to ensure that the money raised by his organization get students back into the classroom.

    Garang also speaks with local organizations and students about the war in South Sudan and how people can help. The Insider profiled his visit to Sunset Ridge Elementary in the spring of 2012. You can read that story and watch a video here.

    The school and the community spent the fall months gathering items for the garage sale and learned just last week that Litton was joining the effort.

    Known as Colorado’s Favorite Sports Cartoonist, Litton worked for almost 30 years at the Rocky Mountain News and still draws Cartoon for KUSA 9 News. He even drew a cartoon to publicize the event.

    Posted December 14, 2015