For more information, read the full article at MyCentralJersey.com.
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, 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.
Book Drive By the Bragg School Triples Planned For Goal!
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 WorldOctober 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
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
Milena in her own words…
“About a year ago I decided that for a community service project, I wanted to make a difference for an orphanage in Southern India. Our family friends, Lynn and her husband Evelyn, support orphanage in a village in southern india and suggested that I work on creating a library there. My mother’s other friends the Vanechs had told us about Global Literacy Project, an organisation there daughter Christina had had a good experience with service oriented work in Africa. We got in touch with them and they helped us plan out what we would do with the library. I began emailing tons of people and I started a book drive and received around 42,000 books by the end. The books were all sent to India and I visited the orphanage in early June of 2008. I read to the kids and i danced and played many games with them. They were amazing and so thrilled to be learning how to read the donated books. This year I have been working on a short documentary of my visit that I recently finished. The documentary shows tons of pictures from my trip there with all of the kids. It was a wonderful trip and I cannot wait to return this summer to work with the kids again.”
Visit with Milena at the Lady Lynn Joyful Home in this video -> milena_at_lady_lynn_orphanage
See more about Milena’s efforts in SPAN, the magazine of the American Embassy, New Delhi. http://span.state.gov/wwwhspseptoct0810.html
Also, local coverage in the Indian news… http://www.hindu.com/2008/06/16/stories/2008061659881100.htm