Chatham Day School Student Connects Classmates with South Africa

September 5, 2009 on 12:19 am | In Chatham Day School, New Jersey | No Comments


As an intercontinental community service project last spring, students at CDS held a faculty luncheon fundraiser. The proceeds were used to purchase art supplies for students at partner school, Thabisile Primary School. The students and parents at Thabisile decided to create Zulu bracelets and necklaces from the materials as a reciprocal activity.

Chathan Day School student Nicky Vanech visited with pen pal friends in Soweto, South Africa this past summer

Chathan Day School student Nicky Vanech visited with pen pal friends in Soweto, South Africa this past summer

The students, faculty, and parents of the Thabisile School in South Africa made the cultural jewelry over the summer. The final pieces were recently brought back to New Jersey by CDS’ very own eighth grader, Nicky Vanech. The jewelry will be sold as the final part of the project, and the proceeds will be used to fund an educational need at the Thabisile School.

Gill St. Bernard’s Students Aim to Collect 18,000 Books!

May 28, 2009 on 1:00 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hayley Diverio and Alexis Grieco

Dec. 2008.- Hayley Diverio and Alexis Grieco got involved with the Global Literacy Project 2008 with a collection for International Literacy Day on September 8th that they directed to our “Backpacks for Kids” program. They haven’t looked back since!

Currently they are working on the culmination of their spring book drive at Gill St. Bernard’s which will run throughout April 2009. They already have some 6,000 books collected over the last few months–without any publicity!–and expect that the big April push will see them collecting three times as much! WOW!

Newark Academy Student Has Big Plans to Aid South Indian Women

February 8, 2009 on 1:02 am | In New Jersey | No Comments

Surya RajanFebruary 2009.- Surya Ranjan is holding a book drive in support of GLP at her school (The Newark Academy) as well as in her Livingston, New Jersey community from February to April 2009. She’s pulled in all the members of her family and they hope to visit their designated recipients, the Delta Primary School in South India, as a future project. Surya also decided that for her “Sweet Sixteen” birthday she would ask those attending to donate to her cause in lieu of gifts to her. Way to go Surya!

Chester School Hosts Community Book Drive

December 8, 2008 on 1:08 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments
Bragg school 5th graders with teacher

Bragg School fifth graders along with their teacher Meryl Ironson

Chester, New Jersey, Dec. 2008.- On December 6, 2008 Bragg School fifth graders, along with their teachers Meryl Ironson and Nicole Macaluso, completed a book drive that collected 13,000 books! They are now working on sharing stories, letters and poetry with fellow fifth graders at the Randfontein Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to complete and publish an anthology of poems at the end of the 2008-2009 academic year. Read more media coverage HERE.

Chatham Day School Forges New Friendships in South Africa

May 19, 2008 on 12:48 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Where is South Africa?Chatham Day School Students Aim to Make A Difference in South African Students’ Lives As They Themselves Are Transformed

September 2007-May 2008.- At the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year, Chatham Day School (CDS), in conjunction with the Global Literacy Project, began piloting a Global Literacy Program. As an inaugural school in GLP’s revamped School-To-School Partnership Program we sought to promote a thematic study of South Africa and provide reading and writing opportunities, that would be integrated with the Middle School social studies and language arts curricula. More…

(Read additional coverage in a local newspaper… Chatham Courier 5/7/08. You can find out more about the Chatham Day School and Thabisile Primary School partnership program HERE)

GLP/Pingry School South Africa Book Drive Collects Over 50,000 Books!

June 30, 2007 on 12:54 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Pingry FamiliesFebruary-June 2007.- Students, parents and teachers at the Pingry School kicked off their book drive on February 2nd [Watch Videos: 1 | 2 ]. Spearheaded by students from the Bianco, Carver, Ramaswamy-Shekhar, Steele and Vanech families, the initial goal was 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 that amount! More…

See local New Jersey newspaper coverage here–> 1 | 2

Also, read about the book drive in the July 2007 on-line edition of Vanity Fair!

Also read about their trip to South Africa here >>

See South African news coverage here >>

Teen’s Bar Mitzvah Project to Help Literacy in Kenya

March 25, 2007 on 12:56 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

December 2006-March 2007-.- Matthew Wille has an abiding love of books and the Flanders teen plans to extend his interest to promote literacy in Kenya. Matthew, 13, is collecting books and funds as part of the community action requirement for his bar mitzvah. The coming of age ceremony is scheduled for March 10 at Temple Hatikvah in Flanders.

Matthew hopes to collect 1,000 books and $4,000 in donations to pay the shipping costs. Global Literacy Project will in turn donate 19,000 books to the 1,000 collected by Matthew. All the books will be sent to Chamisiri section of Kenya. For more information please contact Matthew via Viki Willie at More…

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