Register for the 2014 “Walk for Literacy and Health”

September 28, 2014 on 2:13 am | In Students Making a Difference, USA Program News, Upcoming Events | No Comments

-Taking Responsibility, Taking Action-


: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Walkers Depart : 11:30 a.m.

Start: Douglass Campus Center Plaza
(The corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street [DIRECTIONS])

End: Community Fair at the Rutgers Student Center, CAC

This year the walkathon continues to focus on the goal of assisting communities locally and globally:

  • Locally: We plan to provide books and other literacy materials for children participating in our “Take Reading Home” pilot in nursery and kindergarten classrooms throughout New Brunswick, New Jersey and our poetry reading programs.
  • Globally: Supporting Global Literacy Project programs for displaced children in Haiti.
  • Globally: Humanitarian supplies for West African regions impacted by the Ebola epidemic (working with the African Health Network).



  1. Email us to let us know you’re participating!: (Each walker must pay $7 registration) or
  2. AFTER registering by email download a Walk_for_Literacy_and_Health_2014-brochure to collect donations. Set a goal for yourself and get your friends, family, and co-workers involved.
  3. Individuals/Teams. Fill out you pledge forms and collect your donations before the walkathon.
  4. Turn in your pledge sheet(s) and money collected on the day of the walkathon  between 10:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Give-aways. Depending on sponsorship participants in the walkathon will be eligible to receive surprise give-aways. Plus, there will be recognition for:

  • Individual with the Most Sponsors
  • Individual/Team Raising the Most Money

Wear sensible shoes and dress for the weather!
The walkathon goes on, rain or shine.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Registration
11:30 a.m.: Kick-off speeches and then begin walk
1 p.m.: Walk culminates at the Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus

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.

GLP to Hold School Supply Collection for Local Kids

August 26, 2011 on 12:52 am | In USA Program News | No Comments

The Global Literacy Project is currently collecting school supplies for local New Brunswick, New Jersey children.

Items will be donated to the various kindergarten and elementary school programs throughout the city that the organization works with. Top of the list will be the  nearly 60 families whose kindergarten students at Tiny Tots are participating in this year’s “Take Reading Home” with Rutgers University student volunteers.

GLP hopes to ease the burden on these families by helping to stuff their children’s backpacks with new notebooks, erasers, pencils, etc.

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

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

Transforming Children’s Lives from the Grassroots

November 17, 2010 on 8:40 am | In USA Program News, Uncategorized | No Comments

A Story of the Puerto Rican Action Board (New Jersey) and Two Committed Staff Members

Gloria_Nunez_at_PRAB_Somerset-300x239New Brunswick, NJ., November, 2010-The Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) had modest beginnings around volunteer efforts to provide adult English classes to recently arrived migrants to the New Brunswick area. By the middle of the 1970s the PRAB was established as the first full time bilingual/ multilingual curriculum daycare Center for children ages 2 ½ to 5 in NJ. Since that time the PRAB has expanded and intensified its efforts to improve local neighborhoods by providing: child care, youth development, job training and placement opportunities, housing counseling, rehabilitation, construction and weatherization of homes, community advocacy, and community development activities.

The PRAB is important as an example of the change that nonprofits can make in a community. The Global Literacy Project became aware of the PRAB’s outreach to low income children in the PRAB-Pre-Schoolers-September_10-Nunezcommunity several years ago and began an initiative whereby three times per year new books were donated to all the children participating in the daycare and kindergarten programs. In the last two years, in response to feedback from Joyce Chase, Director of Education, and Site Directors Darshna Amarnani and Adriana Crosby, that the children could benefit from interaction with native English speakers GLP piloted a reading program in 17 classes across the city. The program was well received and in the Fall of 2010 GLP won a grant from the Verizon Foundation to expand the reading initiative at one site, the daycare facility where Site Director Shari Boyington had a number of exciting ideas. The “Take Reading Home” program brings students from Rutgers University to read to the children via a series of structured phonics books that build reading and oral skills. The books are matched with a software program that reproduces the book as a game. The students then receive smaller versions of the books to take home and read to their parents or other family members.

PRAB-Somerset-CarmenMuch of the Puerto Rican Action Board’s daycare’s success is due to its committed staff, some whom have worked with the PRAB for over 20 years. When the Daycare Site Director Shari Boyington was recently tapped to head up a much larger program within the PRAB system—right at the beginning of the school year—new Site Director Patricia Hernandez had an impotant resource for easing the transition, i.e., two stalwart PRAB members who have been integral to the daycare program since its creation, Ms. Gloria Nuñez and Ms. Carmen Ortiz-Adorno.

Ms. Gloria Nuñez has been a part of the Puerto Rican Action Board’s staff for 28 years. She began working with the Puerto Rican Action Board as a volunteer while attending high school. She recalls working as a teacher’s aid and three years later she became a teacher. All of her teaching experience has come from working with the Puerto Rican Action Board. She came to the United States from Puerto Rico so she can relate to obstacles that non-English speakers face when attempting to learn the English language for the first time.

Ms. Carmen Ortiz-Adorno has been a part of the Puerto Rican Action Board for 26 ½ years. Like Ms. Nuñez she began working in the Puerto Rican Action Board as a teacher’s assistant and later became a teacher. She has stated that when she began working with the Puerto Rican Action Board she had great mentors that opened her interest inworking with children. PRAB Somerset_class_6-Summiya_Abdul-Quddus-Carmen_Ortiz-smMs. Ortiz-Adorno reflected on the fact that when the Puerto Rican Action Board first opened its doors the student population was mostly Latino but as the New Brunswick community has became aware of the daycare center and it’s commitment to assisting anyone with need, the daycare population has become as diverse as the city’s population.

Both Ms. Gloria Nuñez and Ms. Carmen Ortiz- Adorno have seen the changes that the daycare has undergone. They recall when the Puerto Rican Action Board was housed in one building but now it has three different locations. One pre-school is located on Drift Street, another on Townsend Street and the daycare is on Somerset Street.  The committed vision of the Puerto Rican Action Board brings hope to the New Brunswick community and with its committed staff devoted to educating the future leaders of the New Brunswick community the future is full of possibilities.

For more information on the Puerto Rican Action Board visit:

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


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.

Family Literacy Event Connects With Over 600 Children!

October 29, 2010 on 9:37 am | In Book Drives/Book Donation Events, USA Program News | No Comments

Halloween event has Rutgers Students join with GLP to Promote Family Literacy Day

Back Row-L-->R: Michael Tolbert (Director of Rutgers University Residence Life for Student Support) and Denniston Bonadie (GLP) celebrate with GLP/GOYA volunteers at the end of the evening.

Back Row-L-->R: Michael Tolbert (Director of Rutgers University Residence Life for Student Support) and Denniston Bonadie (GLP) celebrate with GLP/GOYA volunteers at the end of the evening.

Every October 31, Rutgers University hosts Monster Mash, a big, indoor trick or treat festival where parents bring their kids to celebrate Halloween, and every year, the Global Literacy Project is at Monster Mash with treats — books. This year the event saw participation from across the city of New Brunswick, and the Global Literacy Project gave out books to over 600 children.


A number of parents commented warmly on the idea of the giveaway. Each child was allowed to choose a book, and the parent or guardian was encouraged to take literature from GLP about Family Literacy Day, i.e., the US Department of Education’s Shining Stars series.


One of this year’s favorite books was Aaron’s Adventure, a book by the gifted author-illustrator Amy Paulson. Aaron is a cute elf who embarks on all sorts of adventures with frogs, mermaids and other creatures. It is very well written, brightly-colored and creatively illustrated. The children who attended Monster Mash had no difficulty identifying with the book.

Though Monster Mash is over, the kids who were lucky to get Aaron’s Adventures will continue to enjoy Aaron’s treats for years to come.

Annual “Walk for Literacy” Raises Funds for Local New Brunswick Daycare and South African Kindergarten

October 14, 2010 on 1:04 am | In Students Making a Difference, USA Program News | No Comments

IMG_8860The Global Literacy Project partnered once more with G.O.Y.A, a Rutgers student organization for one of the most successful literacy walks to date! On October 9, 2010, the fall sun gleamed in a perfect sky for the over 15 participating groups who turned out to walk the 5K route through New Brunswick with self-painted banners representing their organizations. Music, food, t-shirts and smiles created an atmosphere of friendship—walking towards a common goal—an all empowering body of individuals committed to local youth and the advocacy of literacy. There was an unmistakable hum of cooperation and energy present in the air of New Brunswick that day!

The walk began in front of Douglass Campus Center and ended at the steps of Brower Commons on College Avenue. Over one hundred participants were treated to a post-walk celebration party. The walk generated greatly needed funds to buy computers for the P.R.A.B, a local New Brunswick daycare and to support global education initiatives.  A portion of the funds raised will also help complete the renovation of a  kindergarten classroom in South Africa during GLP’s next Global Learning Expedition slated for January 2-14, 2011. It was a proud day for all those involved. The “Walk for Literacy” planning committee is already planning to expand the scope of the walk in 2011 based on the positive feedback of the last two years. GOYA and GLP extend their sincerest “thank yous” to everyone who supported this year’s event–together we are creating and fostering a culture of empowerment and education by providing literacy reading programs, supplies and awareness. Join us next year…ask us HOW!?

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>>

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