Jason Knoll, a WEAC Region 6 member and social studies teacher at Verona Area High School, was so moved by images from the Syrian refugee crisis that he decided he had to do something, and his students agreed.
“As a teacher, father and a human being, I just couldn’t sit back and do nothing. I thought about what I could do, so I presented the idea to my students and it took off from there,” Knoll said in an article in which the Capital Times features the charity work that he and his students have initiated.
Their project, titled Verona Aid, began by assisting Syrian refugees through a United Nations program but also quickly expanded to provide assistance to the needy in Dane County.
“Mr. Knoll is a great teacher and he motivates us to work hard and be the best person we can be,” said senior Josh Hano.