A Walnut Hills High School (WHHS)
student-led group is doing its part to educate themselves and others about refugees and their needs, while offering a helping hand and system of support.
Students Together Assisting Refugees (STAR)
, founded in 2015, will host a benefit chamber concert featuring Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO)
principal musicians Oct. 18.
The intimate concert experience will allow STAR, in collaboration with the Junior League of Cincinnati’s project RefugeeConnect
, to fund scholarships for student refugees.
“We live comfortably in Ohio, far away from most of the international conflict, but there are refugee teens in Cincinnati who struggle with very difficult lives,” said Adam Sella, STAR president and WHHS senior. “We hope to raise enough money from the concert to offer more than one scholarship to Cincinnati Public Schools’ students.”
It’s important to Sella and other STAR members to reach out to their fellow student body as well. German Consul General Herbert Quelle, who will attend next week’s concert, will also speak to WHHS students about the German response to the refugee crisis. It’s just one of many opportunities for both learning and engagement STAR makes possible.
“Last year when two Bhutanese youths spoke, the WHHS students were shocked to learn their stories of hardship and asked questions about what it is like to be a refugee,” Sella said. “It is important for everyone to understand the refugee crisis.”
• Support WHHS's STAR in its effort to raise funds for student refugees' education by attending next Tuesday's concert
• Even if you can't attend the October 18 event, consider donating
to the scholarship fund.
• Want to do more? Learn more
about RefugeeConnect and how you can get involved.