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An Insight on the Collaboration between AMALOUNA and HHHS

6 June 2018

For the past 2 years, HHHS has been actively cooperating with an educational organization, AMALOUNA, which is located at the American University of Beirut (AUB). AMALOUNA has a mission to spread awareness about cancer, promote and support cancer research, as well as educate the Lebanese community about cancer prevention. In their quest, AMALOUNA sprinkles a dash of fun every now and then. It started this year with running for health at the International Beirut Marathon. Students from High and Middle schools ran the 5KM race and experienced all the fun activities throughout the marathon. On another occasion, AMALOUNA was hosting a fund-raising “AVENGERS INFINITY WAR” movie premier on the 26th of April in Dunes Center. All marvel fans at our school booked their tickets and indulged in a 3-hour movie of pure suspense and thrill. Our collaboration with this NGO extends to one of a kind program called the Students as Researchers Initiative (SRI), a program initiated by AMALOUNA at the Faculty of Medicine, AUB and held in collaboration with the Princeton Review. With this initiative, students from public and private secondary schools have the opportunity to get involved in the research community at an early stage. Last year, our students participated in this program, and one of the participants, Sabine Shehab from Gr.12 IP, expressed her thoughts on this remarkable experience by saying, “I am grateful to have learned about the extensive work that goes into research and to have met some professional researchers. Additionally, it gave me a glimpse into the vast, unknown world of research and provided me with a significant opportunity to explore if I would become a researcher in the future”. AMALOUNA has really harbored our students’ drive to volunteer and get deeply indulged in learning experiences for the past two years. We do look forward to having more future successful collaboration.

Ghada Shamandi - Biology Teacher at Middle School