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Kesi's School Year Abroad

Organized by: Michelle Philippin

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Michelle Philippin via Crowdrise
August 25, 2015

We have MET OUR GOAL, and Kesi is going to CHINA! Endless thanks go out to all our incredibly generous donors. Updates to come! See More

THE STORY:

I don't have a tragic story for you- one that will pull at your heart strings so that you pull out your wallet while crying into your keyboard. I've been there, and I've donated to those fundraisers, but this is not one of those. This is actually a story of triumph, of incredible persistence and perseverance, and then, as we all do sometimes, needing that bit of a boost to get us over the edge. Kesi Wilson is an amazing young woman. I've been lucky enough to get to know her because of her incredible teacher-mother, a dear friend and colleague, who brought her children to the U.S. when they were very young with little more than a suitcase and a heart full of hope. Kesi was raised to value the pursuit of her education to the fullest-- and, never settling for anything but her very best, Kesi was Valedictorian of her middle school class (Girls Prep) and earned a scholarship to the incredibly prestigious Philips Exeter Academy, where she now attends. Don't just take my word for it. Kesi is currently in her second year at Exeter, earning straight A's, and here's what her teachers have to say: "Kesi is a phenomenal writer and her level of critical inquiry and close textual engagement is on a very sophisticated level." "She remains brilliant, diligent, responsible, and highly conscientious." I'm writing today because Kesi has earned her way into another prestigious program-- the School Year Abroad program for scholars who are excelling in their study of Chinese. She will have the opportunity to travel all around the mainland, experiencing full cultural and language immersion, while simultaneously completing the core courses that will prepare her for college. She is one of SIXTY students in the NATION to be accepted into this program, and because they recognize the promise and value of her participation, they are covering over $55,000 in expenses for her to participate in this year-long program. HOWEVER. This is that boost that Kesi needs. There are $4,000 in essential expenses that are not covered: An incidental account- $800 for books, advanced-placement exams and other school related expenses, airfare- coming in at about $1,500, and personal spending money, which is about $1,800 for her entire time abroad. (Update! Kesi just recieved a travel stipend for her airfare, so we've been able to reduce our fundraiser to $2,800. We're over halfway there!)  A scholar like Kesi deserves this experience and she deserves to have it fully, without the concern of a financial burden. She is ambitious, thoughtful, humble, and pretty much an-all around an awesome young woman. I am so proud to know her and so eager for her to have every opportunity, which is why I'm asking my family and friends for their support and I hope you will, too. (Spread the word!) We thank you all for reading and being as much a part of Kesi's story as you can afford to be.

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To This Fundraiser

$3,029

 

108% Raised of $2,800 Goal

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  • Michelle Philippin

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rob Gilson, Lynne Wu, & Shanti!

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Raegan Reber Conlin

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Keisha John

    $20

  • Anne Lackritz

    $50

  • Emilee Christopher

    $50

  • Louisa Frick

    $30

  • nilda acevedo

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Philip delahoussaye

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Samantha Song

    $16.88

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  • Yohana

    $40

  • Versha

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $88

  • amarillys

    $50

  • Beth

    $50

  • Steven Wilson

    $100

  • Ayomide Adamu

    $30

  • Nitika Jain

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rita and George

    $120

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Kristen Diehl

    $50

  • Janet

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $600

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $600

2 years ago

Janet

Janet

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Kristen Diehl

Kristen Diehl

DONATION: $50

What an amazing opportunity! I can't even imagine the adventures you will have spending the year in China! 2 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $500

In tribute to a teacher and a woman that constantly inspires our family. May our children be as lucky as Kesi to have a teacher like you even once in their lifetime. You are changing lives forever Michelle. 2 years ago

Rita and George

Rita and George

DONATION: $120

heard about your knee get well soon! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Nitika Jain

Nitika Jain

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Ayomide Adamu

Ayomide Adamu

DONATION: $30

I donated so you could go to China. 2 years ago

Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Beth

Beth

DONATION: $50

Enjoy every minute of this exciting experience! 2 years ago

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