Fund helps Springfield students build classrooms in Africa

This week’s CFO Community column takes a look at the Askinosie Chocolate University Fund. Opened by local entrepreneur Shawn Askinosie to help Springfield Public Schools students participating in his Chocolate University program.

This year students, in addition to helping Askinosie procure beans from local farmers and digging fresh water wells for locals as part of Springfield philanthropist Doug Pitt’s program, the students are hoping to fund two new classrooms for Mububu Elementary School. Currently, more than 1,400 student crowd into eight classrooms, at least 171 in each room. The student are hoping to fund one classroom with a $5,700 crowdfunding project at An anonymous donor has promised a match for the other classroom.

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