Pingry Students’ Service-Learning Activity Promotes Family Literacy in New Jersey and Around the World

October 29, 2010 on 9:54 am | In Book Drives/Book Donation Events, Students Making a Difference, USA Program News, Volunteers in the News | No Comments

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November 1st marks National Family Literacy Day. Celebrated across the U.S., the day focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, the annual event is officially celebrated on November 1st, but many events are held throughout the month of November. Schools, libraries, and other literacy organizations participate through read-a-thons, celebrity appearances, book drives, and more.

As part of their annual Community Service Day, a group of some thirty Pingry School students joined GLP at our Hillside warehouse the Friday before Family Literacy Day and helped to sort and pack several thousand books for distribution to our local and international programs.

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It is with the help of volunteers such as these students that we continue to make a difference in the lives of those in need of access to literacy materials around the world. This group was all the more special as several members traveled with GLP to South Africa this past summer. Since their return they have galvanized their friends with the stories of how valuable their contribution as global citizens can be.

Family Literacy Event Connects With Over 600 Children!

October 29, 2010 on 9:37 am | In Book Drives/Book Donation Events, USA Program News | No Comments

Halloween event has Rutgers Students join with GLP to Promote Family Literacy Day

Back Row-L-->R: Michael Tolbert (Director of Rutgers University Residence Life for Student Support) and Denniston Bonadie (GLP) celebrate with GLP/GOYA volunteers at the end of the evening.

Back Row-L-->R: Michael Tolbert (Director of Rutgers University Residence Life for Student Support) and Denniston Bonadie (GLP) celebrate with GLP/GOYA volunteers at the end of the evening.

Every October 31, Rutgers University hosts Monster Mash, a big, indoor trick or treat festival where parents bring their kids to celebrate Halloween, and every year, the Global Literacy Project is at Monster Mash with treats — books. This year the event saw participation from across the city of New Brunswick, and the Global Literacy Project gave out books to over 600 children.

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A number of parents commented warmly on the idea of the giveaway. Each child was allowed to choose a book, and the parent or guardian was encouraged to take literature from GLP about Family Literacy Day, i.e., the US Department of Education’s Shining Stars series.

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One of this year’s favorite books was Aaron’s Adventure, a book by the gifted author-illustrator Amy Paulson. Aaron is a cute elf who embarks on all sorts of adventures with frogs, mermaids and other creatures. It is very well written, brightly-colored and creatively illustrated. The children who attended Monster Mash had no difficulty identifying with the book.

Though Monster Mash is over, the kids who were lucky to get Aaron’s Adventures will continue to enjoy Aaron’s treats for years to come.


Annual “Walk for Literacy” Raises Funds for Local New Brunswick Daycare and South African Kindergarten

October 14, 2010 on 1:04 am | In Students Making a Difference, USA Program News | No Comments

IMG_8860The Global Literacy Project partnered once more with G.O.Y.A, a Rutgers student organization for one of the most successful literacy walks to date! On October 9, 2010, the fall sun gleamed in a perfect sky for the over 15 participating groups who turned out to walk the 5K route through New Brunswick with self-painted banners representing their organizations. Music, food, t-shirts and smiles created an atmosphere of friendship—walking towards a common goal—an all empowering body of individuals committed to local youth and the advocacy of literacy. There was an unmistakable hum of cooperation and energy present in the air of New Brunswick that day!

The walk began in front of Douglass Campus Center and ended at the steps of Brower Commons on College Avenue. Over one hundred participants were treated to a post-walk celebration party. The walk generated greatly needed funds to buy computers for the P.R.A.B, a local New Brunswick daycare and to support global education initiatives.  A portion of the funds raised will also help complete the renovation of a  kindergarten classroom in South Africa during GLP’s next Global Learning Expedition slated for January 2-14, 2011. It was a proud day for all those involved. The “Walk for Literacy” planning committee is already planning to expand the scope of the walk in 2011 based on the positive feedback of the last two years. GOYA and GLP extend their sincerest “thank yous” to everyone who supported this year’s event–together we are creating and fostering a culture of empowerment and education by providing literacy reading programs, supplies and awareness. Join us next year…ask us HOW!?

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