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Bound for Africa

Right now the organization at FM is called Ghana Bound. If people would like to make monetary donations, they may do so by making a check out to FM Ghana Bound. The school itself does not fund students traveling but will accept donations. Also, people may drop school supplies off to the high school directly.

"This is such a worthy cause and an exciting opportunity for the students in our community," Nieroda said. "I would like everyone to know about it so that they could possibly contribute."

Nieroda received her undergraduate degree in socio-cultural anthropology from Binghamton University. She started teaching after graduation. She pursued her master's degree at Columbia University where was certified as an English teacher and had an elective focus in international education development.

"At that time, I focused on issues of bi-lingual education and cultural preservation in the Andes region of South America," she said.

While studying at Columbia and living in Manhattan, she also worked at three schools, a progressive high school in midtown Manhattan, a middle school in Harlem, and a school called the Bronx Expeditionary Learning High School for 9th graders in the South Bronx.

"I was among the first members of the faculty at the school in the South Bronx as it was a brand new school under the New Visions Program that broke large dysfunctional schools into smaller schools with a very specific focus and mission statement," Nieroda said. "At our school, we worked hard to establish principles of honesty, respect, integrity and team work. The curriculum was experiential, so that students saw the practical nature of the skills they were learning in the classroom and how those skills could be applied to real life outside of school. We hoped the core values of our school in the Bronx would be a beacon of light in a rough and violent world. For many of them, the school was the only sense of security they had."

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