African Consul General Joins with GLP To Commend Middle School
and High School Volunteers
1, 2007.-The Hon. Fikele Magubane, South African Consul General to New York, graciously
joined the members of The Global Literacy Project at their
year end dinner themed "An Evening of Celebration and Reflections." As part of the evening's activities, she recognized a dozen middle school to
high school students who helped collect and ship over 80,000
books for African schools and community libraries during
the past year.
Library Director of the Pingry Short Hills campus, Ann D’Innocenzo was honored with the “Librarian of the Year Award.” Her award recognized her support for creating a new library in Randfontein—a town west of Johannesburg—and a system that categorizes books with color-coding. This system will now be
used in future community-based libraries that operate without
full time trained library staff.
students, Chloe Carver, Emma Carver, Charlotte
Steele, Christina Vanech and Matthew Wille were also awarded
The GLP's "Volunteer of the Year" plaque. The award seeks to identify those who have demonstrated exceptional
services, commitments, and caring.
Director of the Pingry School's Short Hills campus, Ann D’Innocenzo was
honored with GLP's 2007 “Librarian of the Year Award”
recognized her volunteer efforts in creating a new library in Randfontein—a
town west of Johannesburg—and a system that categorizes books with
color-coding. This system will now be used in future community-based libraries
that operate without full time trained library staff. More...
Read Ann's reflections on her trip HERE.
Students Receive "Volunteer of the Year" Plaque in Recognition of Their Outstanding Contributions
students, Chloe Carver, Emma Carver, Charlotte
Steele, Christina Vanech and Matthew Wille were awarded
The GLP's "Volunteer of the Year" plaque.
The award seeks to identify those who have demonstrated exceptional
services, commitments, and caring.
Bar Mitzvah Project to Create Community Library in Western Kenya
"20,000 Books on Their Way to Western Kenya"
Wille's abiding love of books has culminated in the transfer
of 20,000 books that will create the first and only community
run public library in the Chamasiri Location of western Kenya.
Matthew came up with the idea of collecting books and the money
to ship them to Kenya last fall as he began preparations for
his Bar Mitzvah, held in March of this year. Matthew
reached out to friends, family and local book stores to collect
nearly 2000 books (He initially planned to collect 1000 but
got carried away!) to which GLP was able to add 19,000 more
by the end of summer.
Matthew was also able to raise enough funds to sponsor a 20 foot container to ship the books. After a short wait as the potential library building (donated by local Chamasiri community members) was being repaired, GLP is now gearing up to have the opening for the beginning of the new year in Kenya.
Kids Get A Healthy Dose of Reading Materials on the Side at the 2007 "Halloween Monster Mash"
November 2, 2007.- Children from local elementary and grammar schools as well as any children staying in local family shelters were invited to the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center-converted for Halloween Monster Mash. As usual GLP volunteers provided a unique twist on the Halloween experience. Along with candy and other such treats, some 200 families with children in New Brunswick's elementary and middle schools had the opportunity to win books and dictionaries.
GLP volunteers also encouraged parents to take an active role in their children's learning by distributing publications from the National Institute for Literacy--including its Literacy Begins At Home: Teach Them To Read.
<--GLP volunteer Samantha Mendenhall (in purple hat) has fun with one participant
GLP and Puerto Rican Action Board Supporters Make A Difference for Preschoolers
October 27, 2007.-Andrew Adorno spent his early years in the daycare and pre-school classrooms of the Puerto Rican Action Board in New Brunswick. For the 2007 Make A Difference Day, Andrew and his mother Jenina were back to help make a difference for another generation of young people from New Brunswick. They were on hand with GLP volunteers to received a range of donations to the daycare classrooms on Saturday, October 27th-National "Make A Difference Day."
GLP volunteers spent the past several weeks collecting books and play-school learning items. In September we donated an initial set of books in English and Spanish (the language of many students at home)-now we are following up.
Recipients will become part of the growing GLP "Culture of Reading" program! By sending books home in the language of the family we encourage reading... By providing the same books in English, we encourage multilingual learning and prepare the kids for future success as well as helping parents at home who will learn along with their kids. The play school supplies will help kids see learning as being something fun and rewarding.
Make A Difference Day is a national day of helping others -- a celebration across the USA of neighbors helping neighbors.
Over 30 Groups Support "Walk for Literacy" Event
October 20, 2007.-Walkers from over 30 organizations in the tri-state area took on the challenge to make a difference in the educational opportunities for learners around the world.
Responding to the 2007 challenge to "Make a Difference Today," the walkers came out in support of daycare and kindergarten school libraries from New Jersey, USA to Kibera, Kenya as well as a community learning center in a recently earthquake devastated village of Peru. More...
Literacy Day 2007 Program Supports Early Childhood Literacy in
Puerto Rican Action Board Daycare and Preschool Classrooms
Brunswick, NJ, USA, Sept. 10, 2007.-In
support of The Global Literacy Project’s
commitment to literacy and in recognition of International Literacy Day,
The GLP donated books and literacy supplies to children at the Puerto
Rican Action Board Daycare
and Preschool Classrooms. There are some 265 children in three facilities
and each child received book donations. Children
in the three to five
to take home, with children who speak Spanish at home having one of the
books in Spanish. The GLP’s goal is to foster reading interaction
between parents and children on at ongoing basis at home.
According to the New Jersey based Focus
On Literacy, Inc., in New Jersey, of the 8 million residents, there are between
2.5 and 2.8 million over the age of 16 without the literacy tools that
are needed for them to be self sufficient to care for themselves or
their families. Children who come from families of non-readers will
likely follow that trend. Additionally, according to studies, one third
of children in the 3rd grade, are not able to read at this level, and
if left un-addressed will fall further behind potentially becoming
our future illiterate adults.
Initiatives such as the Puerto Rican Action Board Daycare and Preschool
Classrooms are important front line institutions that ensure a future
filled with possibilities and potential. (See Home News Tribune coverage here...)
GLP Volunteers Warmly Welcomed by South African Community
2007.-Over two dozen GLP volunteers received a warm welcome from community members of the Randfontein area (outside Johannesburg),
as well as to the Kagiso and Soweto districts in the city. The group spent two weeks in South Africa during which time they distributed books to create nine school libraries as well as volunteering to help create a community learning center (the Thelma Tate Community Learning Center) in Witfontein. Named after deceased Rutgers Librarian Thelma Tate who was a co-founding board member of GLP, the center will serve as a nucleus for GLP literacy initiatives in that region.
pleasant part of the visit was the invitation extended to the group
by the Randfontein Municipal Government to visit city hall where the
students who spearheaded the book drive were commended with letters
of appreciation delivered by Mrs. Caroline Setsiba, the Assembly Speaker. More... (See
South African news coverage here...)
Jersey Students Collect Over 50,000 Books for South African School Libraries
NJ, USA, June, 2007.-Led
by Emma Carver, Chloe Carver and Christina Vanech with help from
their friends in the Ramaswamy-Shekhar and Steele families,
central New Jersey students, parents and other community members
to collect 25,000 books along with the necessary funds to ship them
to South Africa this summer. However, the group ended up collecting
twice the planned amount of books! The books will be distributed
throughout schools and communities (as
well as an orphanage) in rural areas outside of Johannesburg,
as well as to the Kagiso and Soweto districts in the city. More... (See
local New Jersey newspaper coverage here--> 1 | 2)
details about the drive in the July 2007 on-line edition of Vanity
Just as exciting is the fact that the students will
soon be following the collected books to South Africa! A dozen students
and their parents along with several teachers and the Pingry middle
school's librarian also intend to travel to South Africa where they
create two school libraries and a multimedia room.
President Delivers Opening Speech of
the 2007 Kenya Diaspora Conference
Atlanta, Ga, USA, March 22-24, 2007.- Dr.
Olubayi Olubayi, GLP's president gave a talk on “The
Emerging Culture of National Unity in Kenya” on the first day
of the International Conference and Investment
Forum at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA. His talk focused
on an emerging national
culture in Kenya founded on multiple identities and which borrows
all the Kenyan ethnicities. More... 1, 2
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