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.

Wonderful Plans for the New Year!

January 1, 2011 on 12:36 am | In Global Learning Expeditions, News Briefs | No Comments

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Thank you for working with us as global citizens transforming the world in 2010. We truly appreciate everything you do and are excited to continue our collaboration in the year ahead.

We were so proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary with you in 2010. In that celebration we acknowledged that GLP is about bringing together individuals, institutions and communities to share educational materials and global knowledge as well as providing service learning opportunities for students in the USA and abroad. We are tremendously optimistic about 2011 and we expect to expand and build upon the accomplishments of the recent past.

Just think about what important initiatives you are supporting through GLP…

December Highlights…

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Our 2010 “Walk for Literacy” inspired a record large number of participants. We raised funds to support our reading program in 17 kindergarten classrooms across the city of New Brunswick (New Jersey). Inspired by GLP, a group of Douglass College students who participated in the walkathon will be making their first ever trip out of the USA to visit/work in our South Africa sites from January 3rd-14th.

The Shakur family is in South India working with young Dalit women who are striving to better their economic condition by gaining a nursing education. Christina and Milena Lurie are supporting students at the Lady Lynne Joyful Home and associated schools.

NB_Library_2010_Holiday_Party-wrapping_booksIn St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Nicole Baker, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education oversaw distributions of books as part of our holiday book give aways.

In New Brunswick, New Jersey, members of the Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance came out to help at the New Brunswick Library Holiday party.

The Steele family helped to ensured that we were able to distribute books to 17 kindergarten classrooms for the holidays. They are also important supporters of our annual shipment of a container of books to South Africa.

Meryl_with_RPS_studentsMeryl Ironson continues to foster the classrooms connection program between New Jersey’s Bragg School and Randfontein Primary School in South Africa. The two classrooms just received their latest pen pal letters!

Lily_Combias_in_discussionThe Combias family joined us on December 22nd in South Africa to host a holiday party and book give aways at the Zuurbekom school where they previously helped to install a GLP science room.

In Kenya, Olubayi is hosting a holiday party in Western Kenya.

LOOKING FORWARD…

Capacity building and service learning…

Denise_and_Dean_VanechOur sincere appreciation to Denise and Dean Vanech, who have been wonderful members of our extended family, and who have supported our vision to expand and transform our administrative structures so that we might better document our program model as well as developing the capacity to support/expand our service learning opportunities for students.

Denise and her daughter Christina have been important to the development of our “From Shacks to Scholarship” initiative in South Africa and Christina’s brother Nicky helped to support the School-to-School initiative between the Tabisile Primary School in Soweto and the Chatham Day School in New Jersey.

Capacity building is going to be our mantra for 2011. As such we are grateful to the following wonderful people who are ongoing stalwart supporters of key regional programs.

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Our sincere thanks to: (L–>R)  The Steele Family: Mike &  Jane Steele shown (New Jersey, Caribbean and South Africa); Christina and Milena Lurie (South India); Fountain Baptist Church Members: Shirley Hill, Joe & Jeanette Goodson shown (Kenya)…

Summer 2011 Learning Expeditions & Internships

A_De_Leney-2008-Reading to kids on street Kendal-passport_styleAnne DeLaney (in red sweater at left) and the DeLaney-Carver family will be leading another group trip to Randfontein this 2011.

Kendal Hall (at right) is working with Juanita Lewis on a Global Learning Expedition made up of alumni as well as present students from Rutgers University.

Also in South Africa, we will be hosting interns from Princeton University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Rutgers University for six to eight weeks in July August.

  • Olubayi will be in Kenya all of July 2011 developing our two to four week internship program in Western Kenya.
  • Ka’sandra Simmons will be leading a pilot internship in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the summer.

The above are just scratching the surface of 2011!

Have a great new year and we look forward to your boundless participation!

And it wouldn’t be the end of the year if we didn’t ask you to think of GLP as you plan your charitable giving.  We are a non-profit organization, dependent on our supporters for sufficient operating funds to keep these programs going.  You can be a HUGE part of GLP  by donating money, your time, your talents, and your energy….there’s plenty to do!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From all of us at the Global Literacy Project, Inc.

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.

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.

Anniversary Dinner Attendees Reflect on Transformative Legacy of GLP

September 27, 2010 on 12:51 am | In News Briefs, USA Program News | No Comments

2007_Expedition_leaders_and_Rev_ZachThe Global Literacy Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on literacy and gender equality in education, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, volunteers, friends and supporters, joined the organization’s Board at an anniversary dinner on September 25th at the Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey. Founded in 1999/2000, the Global Literacy Project is the unlikely success story of a group of friends concerned about the dearth of educational resources that students and adult learners face worldwide.

Motivated to help, the group launched a book drive for one school, but that one-time act of kindness rapidly transformed into the inspiration for a global education movement. “It’s a momentous occasion for us when you consider that just ten years ago we began our work with a simple desire to upgrade a couple of school libraries used by children in Africa and the Caribbean,” said GLP president, Olubayi Olubayi. MORE>>

Global Literacy Project Receives “Check Into Literacy” Grant From Verizon

September 14, 2010 on 8:35 am | In News Briefs, USA Program News | No Comments
Donnett Barnett Verley (Verizon), Olubayi Olubayi, Denniston Bonadie and Doug Schoenberger (Verizon)

Donnett Barnett Verley (Verizon), Olubayi Olubayi, Denniston Bonadie and Doug Schoenberger (Verizon)

Global Literacy Project’s New Jersey “Take Reading Home” initiative received a substantial funding boost this year with the receipt of a $3,000 Verizon “Check Into Literacy” Grant. Verizon awarded 51 grants in 2010.

This funding will completely outfit two classrooms of twenty students each in New Brunswick where GLP volunteers are conducting a 20 week leveled reading program over two semesters.  The grant, matched by donations from long time GLP supporter, 10th grade student Lily Steele, will provide for fifteen basic phonics books and five sets of early reader board books for every student as well as computers and software that provide interactive follow-up to each book.

The typical student in the classrooms GLP serves in New Brunswick comes from a home with few, if any, children’s books. Some of the parents have limited literacy or for whom English is a second language, so they have not read to the children on a regular basis, and might not be comfortable reading to them now.

The most significant feature of the Take Reading Home initiative is that the children will bring home books that they can read to their families. Because the children will be taking home books that they have learned to read with the assistance of the GLP volunteers, when they take the books home they can read independently, thus the parent is not required to give reading instruction.  Instead, parents can listen to the child read, providing encouragement and additional skills practice, while fostering a love of books in their children.

Thanks to the generosity of Verizon customers in New Jersey who participated in the company’s Check Into Literacy program, 51 nonprofit organizations throughout the state received $250,000 in grants to support literacy programs.  Verizon presented checks for the grants to the nonprofits at a ceremony on Tuesday (Sept. 14) in Livingston.

“Education is a major focus of Verizon’s philanthropic efforts, and these grants will give thousands of New Jerseyans the building blocks they need to learn and become more productive members of our society,” said Dennis M. Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey.

The program allows Verizon landline telephone customers to support literacy by checking a box on their monthly phone bills to make a $1 tax-deductible donation to promote literacy.  Verizon then distributes these donations to local literacy organizations that serve the individual states in which the customers live.

GLP hopes to eventually install the same set of literacy support materials in all eighteen of the kindergarten classrooms that are part of the “Take Reading Home” program.

Volunteers Receive N.J. State Governor’s Jefferson Awards

April 28, 2010 on 11:09 pm | In Students Making a Difference, USA Program News, Volunteers in the News | No Comments
Anne DeLaney, Olubayi Olubayi, NJ Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Emma Carver, Douglass Schoenberger (VP of Corporate Responsibility and Public Affairs for Verizon NJ)

Anne DeLaney, Olubayi Olubayi, NJ Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Chloe Carver, and Douglass Schoenberger-Verizon NJ

On April 28 the Global Literacy Project celebrated the recognition of volunteers Emma Carver and her sister Chloe Carver by the N.J. State Governor’s Jefferson Awards for Volunteerism at NJ PAC in Newark.

The program featured Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno who joined members of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism, staff of the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, the Star Ledger and the Community Foundation of New Jersey at the first NJ Governor’s Jefferson Awards.

Out of the 1,044 applications received, 19 individuals and 3 groups were honored for their outstanding volunteer work throughout the state of NJ on .

Through their ongoing work with the Global Literacy Project, the sisters have provided books, built classrooms, remodeled libraries, and created literacy support programs for sites Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. As a result of their particular efforts in South Africa, Emma and Chloe received the Jefferson Award for Volunteerism in the category of Education, Arts & History—recognizing volunteers who “provide classroom and/or after-school programs, enrichment opportunities, tutoring, or other academic support that would enhance the student’s ability to succeed.”

Previously, Linda Bowden, President of PNC Northern New Jersey (a corporate sponsor of the awards), has noted that  ”The New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards honor ordinary people who, through volunteer service, do extraordinary things for other people, their community, their nation, or the environment.”

Sam Beard (co-founder of the Jefferson Awards), Honoree Chloe Carver, Honoree Emma Carver, and Nominator Anne DeLaney

Sam Beard (co-founder of the Jefferson Awards), Honoree Chloe Carver, Honoree Emma Carver, and Nominator Anne DeLaney

Each year the awards are presented nationally and locally to individuals who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward.

Read article here: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/04/nj_volunteers_honored_with_nj.html

JWT Uses Recycled Stock Photo Books to Teach Kids to Read

April 4, 2010 on 3:35 am | In News Briefs, USA Program News | No Comments

JWT is the world’s best-known marketing communications brand. Headquartered in New York, JWT is a true global network, with more than 200 offices in over 90 countries employing nearly 10,000 marketing professionals. This spring their New York office has been working with GLP on an innovative idea called the “My First Book Project.” Here is a brief press release from PDNPulse (http://www.pdnpulse.com/2010/03/jwt-uses-recycled-stock-photo-books-to-teach-kids-to-read.html)…

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Bulky old stock photography and illustration catalogues take up a lot of space, but it can feel like an awful waste to pitch the lavishly printed tomes into a recycling bin. A project by JWT has given old stock books new life as educational tools for youngsters learning to read.

The “My First Book Project” program was created by staffers in the advertising agency’s Cape Town, South Africa office as a tool to teach kids to read, and has since spread to other JWT offices, including the one in New York.

To convert the stock photography books into tools that help children learn to read, “authors” write simple, single-word descriptions of what’s depicted in the photographs—“Dog” or “Man” or “Nose” for instance—on each page.

JWT has partnered with The Global Literacy Project (GLP), a non-profit organization that collects and delivers donated books to areas of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean with low literacy rates. The program is right in line with the GLP motto: “Books for Brainfills, Not Landfills!”

Thus far more than 2,000 JWT employees worldwide have created books that have reached 70,000 children in three countries.

Getty and Corbis are also supporting the program through donations of outdated stock photo catalogues.

Others who wish to get involved can send inquires to:

The Global Literacy Project
P.O. Box 228
New Brunswick, NJ 08930

It’s Summertime Reading at the Puerto Rican Action Board!

July 15, 2009 on 2:10 am | In Students Making a Difference, USA Program News, Volunteers in the News | No Comments
Diane Ode and Marian Pho lead a reading session at PRAB

Diane Ode and Marian Pho lead a reading session at PRAB - The program kicked off on July 14th

Research shows children lose one to three months of learning every summer. They forget math and reading skills they worked hard to acquire during the school year. Then they have to work even harder to catch up in the fall. GLP and the Puerto Rican Action Board decided to help prevent this summer learning loss with a weekly series of interactive reading sessions.

The PRAB and GLP have an ongoing partnership as part of GLP’s “Culture of Reading Campaign” where three to four times a year GLP donates a book to every student in their program as well as bringing Rutgers University students to read interactively with the students.

New Jersey student, 12, participates in Global Literacy Project

April 13, 2009 on 5:15 am | In Book Drives/Book Donation Events, USA Program News, Volunteers in the News | No Comments

Neeraj Shekhar, of Martinsville, New Jersey, collected some 1,000 medical books as part of a self-designed initiative with the Global Literacy Project. The books–in addition to models, posters, stethoscopes, and a digital projector–were donated to the Delta School of Nursing, an educational facility in a small Southern India coastal village that serves girls from oppressed and impoverished communities. Neeraj was inspired by the difference that access to literacy can make when he and his parents participated in a GLP Global Learning Expedition to South Africa in  the summer of 2007. Neeraj and his parents, Vaidyanathan Chandrashekhar and Janaky Ramaswamy, traveled to India this past March to deliver the items to the delta School as well as to volunteer in setting up a small library with the items. According to Dr. Olubayi Olubayi, president of the Global Literacy Project, Shekhar is the youngest person to undertake this kind of project by himself.

For more information, read the full article at MyCentralJersey.com.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20090412/NEWS/904120316

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