BIRMINGHAM, Mich., October 11, 2011 – Mac Lancaster, a fifth-grade student at The Roeper School, is currently in Manchester, England studying fair trade issues in a weeklong program at the Lorna Young Foundation, an organization that advocates fair trade. Mac will also be blogging about the experiences during and after his trip on his blog http://macrox.tumblr.com/.
A Bloomfield Hills resident, Lancaster became interested in studying fair trade policies after his mother recently returned from working with tea farmers in Rwanda and educated Lancaster on how fair trade works throughout the world. Lancaster felt very passionate about getting more involved and learning how he could become more involved practically as well as provide solutions to the problems addressing fair trade on a global scale.
During his trip to England, Lancaster will be interviewing the director of the Lorna Young Foundation, Christina Longden. Located just outside of Manchester, England in Huddersfield, the Lorna Young Foundation’s mission is “to reduce poverty in developing countries by supporting smallholder producers through a variety of means, including: business education and support, market access, peer networking and the creation of trade justice awareness and enterprise amongst consumer communities in the North.” Lancaster has also arranged a meeting with film makers, Marc and Nick Francis, at their United Kingdom premier of “When China Met Africa.” Marc and Nick Francis directed the documentary, “Black Gold” which is an in-depth look at the world of coffee and global trade. Additionally, Lancaster has plans to visit two local schools. Upon returning to Michigan, Lancaster will share his experiences with other Roeper students during presentations to various classes.
“Mac is an incredibly bright student that is very passionate about causes he believes he may be able to help in some way,” said Chris Cigan, Lancaster’s teacher at The Roeper School. “His maturity and understanding of world issues at such a young age is extremely impressive. We are very excited for Mac to have the opportunity to discuss, and learn more about, fair trade.”
Lancaster’s trip to England runs October 6- October 13, 2011. To read about his experiences on his trip, please visit his blog at http://macrox.tumblr.com/.
Founded in 1941, The Roeper School is a uniquely personalized, coeducational school for gifted and talented children in preschool through grade 12 from over 60 communities in southeast Michigan. With campuses in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Roeper was conceived on founding principles that recognize the power of education, choice and self-expression, and the transformative impact these principles have on young minds. For more information, please visit www.roeper.org.