2009 Make-A-Difference Day program at Grace Wilday School in Roselle New Jersey
One of the highlights of GLP’s 2009 Make-A-Difference Day programming was our visit to Grace Wilday Junior High School. There, we provided books so that the 488 students at the school could each select a book that they would donate to someone in their community. Each book had to be accompanied by a card written by the student explaining that they wanted to share the gift as a way to pull their community together for Make-A-Difference Day. Nearly 1000 books were involved in the give-away.
The fall weather was brisk and organizers feared that it would rain but a break in the weather allowed over 25 organizations, family groups, and other interested individuals to follow the scenic route. In fact it made for a wonderful sense of solidarity and excitement among all the walkers.
Funds raised from the walk will assist in expanding our local “Take Reading Home” programs in New Jersey as well as GLP’s innovative “Classroom Connections” program that links South African and Kenyan school children with New Jersey students. The program also trains the teachers teaches them how to introduce fundamental ideas of human rights and common aspirations that all students share in the classroom. By raising their awareness of children’s and women’s rights, students and teachers can begin to address these issues in their wider communities.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ– October 5, 2009 – Close to 400 students in kindergarten at three New Brunswick nursery and pre-school programs will receive new books this week, thanks to a book drive by Global Literacy Project, Inc., as part of the “Take Reading Home” program being piloted with the Puerto Rican Action Board.
The books will be donated along with backpacks containing school supplies for their fall classes. Global Literacy Project volunteers will be continuing an ongoing reading program during the fall at each site.
Anyone interested in supporting the “Take Reading Home” program can become a volunteer in the program. After completing one training session, volunteers spend just a few hours each week teaching kindergartners to read. For more information please contact Emeka Akaezuwa at email@example.com