|Ben Stone with African schoolchildren|
He spent two summers in Africa helping to build a school in the Masai Mara, and has assisted on similar projects on the ground in Mexico.
These are the kind of life-changing events that put the privilege of attending a college preparatory ski academy in perspective, and that gave Stone a desire to do more than put hammer to nails.
Monday at SBA's All School Meeting, Stone asked for other students and parents to get involved in an effort to help lift children like those he has worked with in Kenya from poverty.
The event: the "ME to WE Ski-a-thon," coming April 16th at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
Proceeds from the event will go to help fund the work of Free the Children, whose primary goal is - as the name suggests - to free children such as those Stone has worked with in Africa from a pervasive sense of powerlessness arising from their state of poverty and exploitation.
The event dovetails with Stone's Senior Project, an intensive, year-long effort which entails the publication of a carefully researched and edited paper as well as the development of a related product.
Stone's fund-raising site has raised $735 so far. To put that in perspective, according to Stone, $25 buys one school kit and $500 can buy six months worth of lunches for an entire school.
Those who would rather raise money for the cause themselves rather than donating can create their own fund-raising page by hitting the "Raise Money" button at