Hammond High School's My Global Equality Now Club will hold a walk/rally fundraiser Saturday at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia to raise money for student scholarships and bring awareness to the club's activities.

The student-led club, advised by current Howard County Teacher of the Year Jody Zepp, raised enough money last year for two scholarships for girls living in Mali.

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This year, the club has already raised enough for three scholarships, according to Zepp.

"For me, it's just a joy to see the students give back in a meaningful, global way," Zepp said.

Superintendent Renee Foose and Wendy Lesko, president of the Youth Activism Project, School Girls Unite are both expected to attend and talk to students about their work.

School Girls Unite is an organization that collects funds for student scholarships and aims to "tackle prejudice against girls worldwide and expand their freedom and opportunities through education and leadership."

For senior Sarah Denlinger, the walk is a valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the program and its intentions.

"Girls in this country who can get an education need to help girls in other countries that can't," she said.

For more information on School Girls Unite, go to schoolgirlsunite.org and for more on the Hammond chapter, visit http://globalequalitynowhammondhs.weebly.com/

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