New Brunswick Library Holiday Party: 18 December

December 15, 2010 on 4:18 pm | In USA Program News, Upcoming Events | 1 Comment

Camille_Thompson-Jeneba-Sara_WarrickNew Brunswick, New Jersey— GLP will join with our Rutgers University student affiliate, the GOYA Project, to support our hometown  library (The New Brunswick Public Library) and their holiday event for local children. Kids are urged to come celebrate winter holidays from around the world at the winter party.  Learn something new, make a craft, enjoy a snack, and get a free book!

2 – 4 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room,

(New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick NJ 08901. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 732-745-5108 x15 or email Ms. Sara Warrick at swarrick@lmxac.org)

For this event GLP will give each attending child the choice of a book to take home so long as they also choose a book for another child in their community. GLP volunteers will wrap the books and help the children address the presents. We are very happy to accept donations for the give aways. We also need volunteers willing to be in costume for picture taking with the attending elementary students.

Friends of GLP Around the World are Urged to Support Holiday Book Give Aways

We are encouraging our supporters around the world to hold similar events. Olubayi is organizing events for Western Kenya and South Africa and Denniston is arranging for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Shehnaz is recruiting her sons to be in costume for the New Brunswick event. Please let us know if you are hoping to support similar events.

Chester Community Supports Fifth Grade Students; Collects 22,000 Books For South African Schools

December 4, 2010 on 10:20 am | In Book Drives/Book Donation Events, USA Program News, Volunteers in the News | No Comments

Book Drive By the Bragg School  Triples Planned For Goal!

Teacher Meryl Ironson and some of the fifth grade students who participated in the book drive

Teacher Meryl Ironson and some of the fifth grade students who participated in the book drive

On Saturday, December 4, 2010, Bragg School fifth graders renewed their partnership with Randfontein Primary School of South Africa, beginning with a book drive in which they collected 22,000 books.  Meryl Ironson, a fifth grade teacher at Bragg and a Global Literacy Project volunteer organized the book drive in collaboration with her fifth grade class.

Meryl visited the South African school in 2008 as part of the follow up to a smaller book drive. She returned with videos, photos and letters of the children that many Bragg students had befriended. Since then, with the support of the school principal and faculty of the Bragg School she has nurtured a connection between the two schools. This past spring they published their second “Teaching Minds, Reaching Hearts” joint poetry anthology.

A central goal of the program she developed with GLP’s assistance is to teach students that while they are citizens of their community, they are also citizens of the world. The book drive is the community outreach portion of a  program, involving social studies and language arts classes.

Later in the year, pen pal letters will be exchanged and poetry will be used to unite the children of two continents. Poetry anthologies will be created by children at Bragg and Randfontein and a “Poetry Slam” or “Eistefodd,” as it is known in South Africa, will be featured in the spring.

In attendance were the Superintendent of Schools for Chester (Dr. Christina Van Woert), Bragg School Principal Dan Johnson, Nicole Macaluso, a fifth grade science teacher who partnered with Meryl to assist in developing the project, as well as many of the teachers from Bragg School along with hundreds of parents.

For more information about the Classroom to Classroom Connection, “Teaching Minds, Reaching Hearts” poetry anthology or for information on how to run a community book drive, contact Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa of GLP at  Emeka@glpinc.org.

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