On April 28 the Global Literacy Project celebrated the recognition of volunteers Emma Carver and her sister Chloe Carver by the N.J. State Governor’s Jefferson Awards for Volunteerism at NJ PAC in Newark.
The program featured Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno who joined members of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism, staff of the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, the Star Ledger and the Community Foundation of New Jersey at the first NJ Governor’s Jefferson Awards.
Out of the 1,044 applications received, 19 individuals and 3 groups were honored for their outstanding volunteer work throughout the state of NJ on .
Through their ongoing work with the Global Literacy Project, the sisters have provided books, built classrooms, remodeled libraries, and created literacy support programs for sites Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. As a result of their particular efforts in South Africa, Emma and Chloe received the Jefferson Award for Volunteerism in the category of Education, Arts & History—recognizing volunteers who “provide classroom and/or after-school programs, enrichment opportunities, tutoring, or other academic support that would enhance the student’s ability to succeed.”
Previously, Linda Bowden, President of PNC Northern New Jersey (a corporate sponsor of the awards), has noted that ”The New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards honor ordinary people who, through volunteer service, do extraordinary things for other people, their community, their nation, or the environment.”
Each year the awards are presented nationally and locally to individuals who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward.
Read article here: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/04/nj_volunteers_honored_with_nj.html
Students at two primary schools in Gauteng Province, South Africa were delighted to receive books in 2009 that were donated by a then new GLP supporter, Jenni Struthers. Jenni and several friends and classmates (all living in North Carolina) began collecting books in response to a request from Christina Vanech and Emma Carver, acquaintances of Jenni, who spent a semester in South Africa in the fall of 2009.
This year, Jenni doubly surprised the South African students when she conducted another community book drive, this time making a special attempt to collect several copies of the same books to enhance their use in the South African classrooms. She even came all the way from North Carolina to the Global Literacy Project’s warehouse in Hillside, New Jersey to sort the books and get them ready for shipment to South Africa.
During the summer 2010 Global Learning Expedition to South Africa, the GLP volunteers distributed Jenni’s books into classroom libraries at Zuurbekom Intermediate School and at Thabisile Primary School.
A number of students also received several of the books as prizes for high academic performance during the school year. Many of the South African students mentioned that Jenni was really a special person as even after her friends had returned to the USA, she still thought of them.
At GLP we’re not surprised, especially after seeing the way Jenni focused on working at the warehouse preparing the shipment. Jenni fulfills our definition of “Global Citizen.”
We all say “Thank You” Jenni!
The Global Literacy Project sponsored a World Story Telling Day at The Bragg School in Chester, NJ in March with author Marcus Reeves. The premise of World Story Telling Day is that as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create international contacts.
Storytelling has been a part of every culture around the world from the start of every community from the most ancient of times. This year March 20th was World Storytelling Day and March 21st was World Poetry Day. Reeves talked about what inspired human communities to tell stories. He noted that Man’s first stories were narrative poems and that in fact poetry is the oldest of all literature. This nexus between storytelling and poetry continues down to the present day and is reflected in modern variations such as rap and hip-hop music.
Finally, after enthralling the students with several examples from his own and other authors’ writings, Reeves noted that the students in the audience were the potential tellers of tomorrow’s stories. He noted that communities will lose something precious if we don’t have tellers.
JWT is the world’s best-known marketing communications brand. Headquartered in New York, JWT is a true global network, with more than 200 offices in over 90 countries employing nearly 10,000 marketing professionals. This spring their New York office has been working with GLP on an innovative idea called the “My First Book Project.” Here is a brief press release from PDNPulse (http://www.pdnpulse.com/2010/03/jwt-uses-recycled-stock-photo-books-to-teach-kids-to-read.html)…
Bulky old stock photography and illustration catalogues take up a lot of space, but it can feel like an awful waste to pitch the lavishly printed tomes into a recycling bin. A project by JWT has given old stock books new life as educational tools for youngsters learning to read.
The “My First Book Project” program was created by staffers in the advertising agency’s Cape Town, South Africa office as a tool to teach kids to read, and has since spread to other JWT offices, including the one in New York.
To convert the stock photography books into tools that help children learn to read, “authors” write simple, single-word descriptions of what’s depicted in the photographs—“Dog” or “Man” or “Nose” for instance—on each page.
JWT has partnered with The Global Literacy Project (GLP), a non-profit organization that collects and delivers donated books to areas of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean with low literacy rates. The program is right in line with the GLP motto: “Books for Brainfills, Not Landfills!”
Thus far more than 2,000 JWT employees worldwide have created books that have reached 70,000 children in three countries.
Getty and Corbis are also supporting the program through donations of outdated stock photo catalogues.
Others who wish to get involved can send inquires to:
The Global Literacy Project
P.O. Box 228
New Brunswick, NJ 08930