New Jersey High School Girl Scout Makes a Big Impact for 2014 International Literacy Day

September 8, 2014 on 1:29 am | In Book Drives/Book Donation Events, Students Making a Difference, USA Program News, Volunteers in the News | No Comments

Kai Dennis has collected backpacks and supplies for the entire entering class of the Tiny Tot Spot in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Kai Dennis has collected backpacks and supplies for the entire entering class of the Tiny Tot Spot in New Brunswick

Pre-kindergarten children in New Brunswick’s The Tiny Tot Spot know that Hunterdon Central Regional High School student Kai Dennis sees them as special as they received brand new backpacks filled with school supplies for the school year. Kai decided to partner with the Global Literacy Project, Inc. (GLP) to provide the basics for the entire newly entering class.

Flemington, NJ, September 8, 2014 – Kai Dennis (in photo)  spent the month of August working hard to prepare for school, but not just for her senior year in high school. Kai set out to ensure that the community-based Tiny Tot Spot pre-school in New Brunswick, New Jersey would be able to surprise its newest class of entering students. With the help of her school’s Marching band and the employees of Gallus Biopharmaceutical LLC in Princetion she was able to collect new backpacks filled with literacy supplies for every fall 2014 entering student.

Kai has a history of service to her community–she is a member of Girl Scout Troop 80419 at her school and has already won Bronze and Silver awards for her community service efforts. She is also a member of the Heart of New Jersey Council.

During the summer break, the rising senior decided that she wanted to continue to make a difference and when she heard about a New Jersey non-profit, the Global Literacy Project, Inc. (GLP), working to help children both locally and globally. Kai decided that the goals of the organization sounded like a great fit. In fact, with the success of her “Backpacks for Kids” project” she is now hoping to spend her senior year assisting with several Global Literacy Project, Inc. initiatives reaching children in New Jersey as well as in Africa and the Caribbean. The Tiny Tot Spot is one of several community groups that the organization has been supporting over the years.

Reverend Lauren Carrington, Director of the Tiny Tot Spot accepts donations from high school Girl Scout, Kai Dennis

Reverend Lauren Carrington, Director of the Tiny Tot Spot accepts donations from high school Girl Scout, Kai Dennis

Reverend Lauren Carrington, the Director of the Tiny Tot Spot expressed her delight and gratitude for Kai’s efforts. According to Carrington, “Our ability to make a difference in the community is multiplied many time over when we have support from wonderful supporters like Kai.”

The theme of International Literacy Day 2014 is “Literacy and Sustainable Development.”  Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development and having a good start at the youngest educational stage enhances lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of a sustainable engagement with learning.

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