MENDHAM TWP. –Black River Middle School, eighth grader Kyle Noble is a volunteer for the Global Literacy Project, Inc. who collected 65 backpacks and school supplies over the summer for the entire entering class of the Tiny Tot Spot program in New Brunswick .
In addition, he collected binders for teachers in Costa Rica.
“I was inspired to become a volunteer of Global Literacy, a non-profit organization, by witnessing the excited volunteer efforts of my fifth grade English teacher Meryl Ironson,” Noble said. “I am now feeling that same enthusiasm as I witness the good in people as I try to organize various fundraising efforts. The collected pens and pencils will be put to good use.”
He said that with additional donations from Unilux, Staples, The Dogwood School of Chester, and friends, they delivered 65 backpacks and school supplies for children in need.
Kyle also reached out to an innovative project started by Hilltop elementary school service men, Rich Hoagland, Ralph Puco, and Sterry Colvin who provided several hundred pencils and pens for donation.
About four years ago, Hoagland became curious about how many pens and pencils were left on the floors each day. He started collecting them in an old mail bin to see how quickly it would fill up. By year’s end, the bin was overflowing.
He enlisted his colleagues in a plan to keep the tools out of the trash, and give them to kids in need.
“We were astounded by the number of pens and pencils that students were losing track of each day,” Hoagland said. “We agreed that these tools still had a lot of life left in them and decided to start collecting them for the kids who cannot afford school supplies.”