Jenni Struthers Connects Her North Carolina Community to South Africa

April 19, 2010 on 8:13 pm | In Book Drives/Book Donation Events, Students Making a Difference, USA Program News | No Comments
Jenni working at the GLP warehouse

Jenni working at the GLP warehouse

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.

Randfontein Primary School students with books sent by Jenni Struthers

Randfontein Primary School students with books sent by Jenni Struthers

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!

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