Over fifty Milken students participate in 2011 AIDS Walk Los Angeles

AIDS Walk photo
Milken's AIDS Walk participants, pictured above, combined to raise over $3,000. Photo by Mrs. Ordower.

Justin Kroll

Staff Writer

On Sunday, October 16, the 27th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles was held in West Hollywood. Over fifty Milken students came to the walk, and about 118 Milken students made donations. The Milken Kids Who Care team, chaired by Sophie Golub ’12 and Ethan Kraft ’12, have raised $3,369 to date.

“It was an incredible feeling to see so many Milken students show up,” Kraft, who has participated in the AIDS walk for the past five years, said. “The cause is important because it stresses themes of healing, equality and unity. Walking within a crowd of 30,000 people, you see how many people AIDS and HIV have affected and you feel like you are making a difference.”

The two hour walk is 10 kilometers, or roughly 6.2 miles.

“It makes me feel proud of Milken students and how compassionate they are when they take a precious Sunday to walk,” Ms. Wendy Ordower, director of service learning, said. “When we walk, we [lend] our strength to a diverse coalition of high schools in Kids Who Care.”

For the second year in a row, the Milken Kids Who Care team won recognition for outstanding fundraising. Kraft, among other school chairs, received an inscribed glass trophy in the shape of a heart, as well as a signed letter of commendation from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.