NEWPORT -- Each year during the Christmas Season the faculty, staff and student body of United Christian Academy undertake a project that will be of service to children in another part of the world. Many will remember when the school did the "Goat Project for Haiti" several years ago.

The Kenya Children's Fund is an organization that provides meals, medical care and education to children in Kenya, Africa who are described as "the poorest of the poor." UCA's goal is to partner with the Kenya Children's Fund to provide 12 scholarships for children to participate in the program. Specifically, the goal is to adopt a child in every grade and to develop an ongoing relationship with them. (This would involve contact with our sponsored children via letters, Skype and classroom curricular activities.)

At present, the yearly cost for a child in the program is $456. This fee includes two meals daily, medical care at no cost to the student and tuition for the school. The school needs to raise $5,472 to make this goal a reality. UCA believes that this is attainable with the help of students, parents and generous donors from the community. Additionally an anonymous donor has pledged to sponsor one child for every child sponsored as a school. This would allow UCA to potentially impact the lives of 24 children with this life-changing opportunity.

The magnitude of this project is such that the campaign will run from now through the end of January. Members of the community who wish to assist in this project should make a check payable to United Christian Academy and earmarked Kenya Children's Fund. One hundred percent of all contributions will go directly to the children. To learn more about the Kenya Children's Fund and the great work that they do feel free to go to their website at www.KenyaChildrensFund.org.

Jay Peak Ski Program for grades 4 - 12 began Dec. 7. Additional ski days are scheduled for Jan. 11 & 25, Feb. 8 and March 8 & 22, weather permitting.

The Parent Association will once again host the Mall Madness Christmas shopping event for grammar school students. It will take place Friday, Dec. 14. Volunteers are needed to help set up, wrap presents and clean up. There will also be a collection box in the lobby for donations of new or very like new items for the students to purchase.

Want to help support the sports program? Need some Christmas gift ideas? Stop in the School Store and check it out. Gift certificates can also be purchased.

Mark Your Calendar: Dec. 13, Grammar School and El Bells Christmas Concert at the Cornerstone E. Free Church, Quarry Road, Derby at 7 p.m.; Dec. 20, Concert Choir & Concert Bells Christmas Concert at Newport Church of God, Crawford Road, Derby at 7 p.m.; Dec. 21, Red & Green Day, noon dismissal; Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, Christmas Vacation; Jan. 1, 2, New Year Vacation; Jan. 3, school resumes; Jan. 15-17, Upper School mid term exams; Jan. 17, second quarter ends.

Basketball Schedule (all home games will be played at Newport Elementary School unless stated otherwise, MB -- Newport Municipal Building): Tonight, Dec. 10, UCA at Canaan/Pittsburg, N.H., girls 5/boys 6:30; Dec. 12, UCA at Craftsbury, girls 5:30/boys 7.

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