2007 News Highlights

South African Consul General Joins with GLP To Commend Middle School and High School Volunteers

December 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.

The 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.

Five 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.

Library Director of the Pingry School’s Short Hills campus, Ann D’Innocenzo was honored with GLP’s 2007 “Librarian of the Year Award”

The 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.

Teen’s Bar Mitzvah Project to Create Community Library in Western Kenya

“20,000 Books on Their Way to Western Kenya”

November, 2007.-Matthew 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 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.

Over 30 Groups Support “Walk for Literacy” Event

Saturday, 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…