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Merton Williams students raise nearly $4,500 for LIMBS International

Did you know that there are an estimated 40 million amputees throughout the developing world and only five percent of them have access to any type of prosthetic leg system. Students at Merton Williams Middle School are working to change that. Through a Community and Service Learning Activity, students have raised nearly $4,500 for LIMBS International, which provides amputees around the world a second chance at life by providing them with a LIMBS leg system. The prosthetics are high-quality and cost only $300, so the funds raised at Merton Williams will provide 15 prosthetics to those in need. Students collected pledges and held a walk-a-thon as well as a Sadie Hawkins dance to raise the funds.

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