FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The students at Blackhawk Christian Junior-Senior High School took a stand against child sexual exploitation on Tuesday.
The school removed all of the chairs in the high school and all 361 students and 27 faculty spent the day on their feet.
The idea was born in May 2015, when 1998 graduate Cory Nickols spoke to the student body about his work with Destiny Rescue, an international faith-based nonprofit dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Since 2011, Destiny Rescue has rescued over 1400 children enslaved around the world and have helped keep hundreds more from entering the sex-trade through various prevention programs.
Out of that assembly, a team of student leaders challenged the student body to be a “voice for the voiceless” and began raising money and awareness with the goal of rescuing five children – an estimated cost of $7,500.
In addition to standing all day, the “Take A Stand” movement at Blackhawk Christian included an extended, combined lunchtime that included games, music and awards.
The fundraising aspect comes with a reward – the homeroom that raises the most money will be granted a week of dressing down from the regular dress code.