High School Freshman Engages Peers in Ukrainian Relief Effort


Credit: The Altamont School

High school freshman Alexander Skowronski from The Altamont School is bringing awareness of Ukrainian refugee relief to his peers through his multi-year service project, according to Bham Now. Skowronski’s concern for the children who are living as refugees or still in the war zone motivated him to do something to ensure they are not forgotten. Skowronski joins his family in their personal efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees. 

Skowronski’s efforts include raising awareness of the needs of Ukrainian refugees by conducting media interviews, such as with iHeart, and hosting special events at his school. In April, he organized a Zoom event hosting special guests who shared their own personal perspectives and experiences in Ukraine including Ukrainian physician Katia Zahorodnia, humanitarian aid workers Josh and Meg McClug, and Ukrainian teenagers Veronika Velichko and Nastya Kuchmiy. Alexander shared that it is important to understand what Ukrainian refugees, especially children are going through, noting that instead of worrying about the academic tests they have coming up, they are worried about their friends and family who have been left behind in the war that has been devastating their homeland. 

Skowronski’s family have also extended their support to Ukraine through their Fortuna Clinical Foundation which has launched an initiative to provide assistance to Ukrainian refugees. Their initiative provides direct medical supplies for the wounded and other urgent assistance. In addition, the foundation is also working with the Polish Universal Reading Foundation to provide children’s books to refugees in the Ukrainian language. 

The combined Skowronski family’s efforts are helping to make sure that Ukrainians currently living in the war zone and those who have become refugees are remembered and cared for. As time moves forward, bringing awareness to the ongoing efforts to continuously aid those in Ukraine and refugees is a large part of making sure humanitarian aid remains abundant and effective. 


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