An ongoing Bexley Middle School service learning project has earned recognition from the Columbus Council on World Affairs.

An ongoing Bexley Middle School service learning project has earned recognition from the Columbus Council on World Affairs.

Assistant Principal Jason Caudill and seventh-grade humanities teacher Mindy Hall attended the 11th annual International Awards Ceremony held March 11, where the school was honored as a finalist for the top education award.

Bexley Middle School's Sudan Project involves all 175 seventh-graders in an effort that supports and broadens students' understanding of African Empires and the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade and introduces an exploration of contemporary issues in Africa.

Fine arts students work with Bol Aweng, a local spokesman of The Lost Boys of Sudan, on the project, "Expressing Personal Triumphs and Tragedy through Art and the Humanities." Students read the book A Long Walk to Water and participate in a service project to raise awareness and supplies for central Ohio immigrants and refugees, and contribute funds for a maternity clinic and water catchment systems in South Sudan.

At the same ceremony, the Council recognized the Columbus Crew as the International Organization of the Year.