"I was appalled at what I saw, especially the village schools," she said. "They had dirt floors. They actually had sticks on the ground where they had been writing on the ground."
This school year Richardson, the principle at Western Hills Elementary in Little Rock, enlisted the help of her students to make a difference.
"They taught me a lesson," said Chloee Buchanan, 9, of the students she learned about in Africa. "You should appreciate what you have. It's important to help those kids because they're less fortunate than we are."
All year the students at Western Hills learned about Africa through things like art and music. They've also been raising money for the children who live there.
"These are kids that cared enough about you on the other side of the world that they decided to help you," Richardson said.
That's the message she'll deliver during a trip to Africa this summer -- along with $5,000 in school supplies. Cards made by the students will be delivered as well, including one that may best sum up the effort from these Arkansas children.
"Hi, this is Kaleb," the card reads. "We are glad to help and support y'all."
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