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Students raise awareness of world's woes
Gathering Friday night at West High
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Forsyth County News

At a glance
* What: Rise and Shine
* When: 6-9 p.m. Friday
* Where: West Forsyth High School
* Cost: Free admission; $5 for dinner and $10 for T-shirts

A student-organized gathering Friday night will provide an interactive experience on some of the world's hardships.

Students at West and South Forsyth high schools are holding the second annual Rise and Shine from 6-9 p.m. in the West gym.

Toby Tyler, one of the organizers, said the main purpose of the evening is to "raise community awareness of worldwide poverty" through several interactive simulations.

Last year, the simulations focused on conditions in Haiti, the experience of carrying fresh water in Third World nations and homelessness in America.

"There will be different but equally moving centers this year," said Tyler, noting this year the stations will focus on the "seven deadly sins" and how they relate to global issues. "For example, a station about world hunger representing gluttony."

Besides the simulation centers, Rise and Shine will feature a Christian band from First Redeemer Church and three student speakers, who will discuss their recent missionary work.

Dinner and T-shirts will also be for sale, with proceeds assisting student mission trips this summer and Not For Sale, a nonprofit designed to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Students will also be collecting shoes to send to those in need overseas. 

Tyler said he and other students are hoping for a large turnout of all ages.

"This is not an event, but rather a movement in the community to help us realize just how blessed we are and to trigger a willingness to help our fellow man," he said.