Supporters Brave Weather to Celebrate 2009 “Walk for Literacy”

October 17, 2009 on 10:09 pm | In Students Making a Difference, USA Program News | No Comments
Walkers support Global Literacy

Walkers support Global Literacy

The fall weather was brisk and organizers feared that it would rain but a break in the weather allowed over 25 organizations, family groups, and other interested individuals to follow the scenic route. In fact it made for a wonderful sense of solidarity and excitement among all the walkers.

Funds raised from the walk will assist in expanding our local “Take Reading Home” programs in New Jersey as well as GLP’s innovative “Classroom Connections” program that links South African and Kenyan school children with New Jersey students. The program also trains the teachers teaches them how to introduce fundamental ideas of human rights and common aspirations that all students share in the classroom. By raising their awareness of children’s and women’s rights, students and teachers can begin to address these issues in their wider communities.

Group encourages students to ‘R.E.A.D.’

September 13, 2009 on 5:44 am | In Students Making a Difference | No Comments

September 13, 2009: Rutgers University, NJ.- As the academic year begins, students may look through their syllabi and realize their required readings include nothing they actually want to read. But Artemus Werts is offering some alternatives.
Werts, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, founded the R.E.A.D. book club, an acronym for Read, Engage and Discuss. “[The club is] really just about reading a book and being able to discuss it with a group of peers,” Werts said. The mission of R.E.A.D. is to provide an arena for the analysis of literature outside of a classroom setting, he said.

In addition to holding conversations about the books, the club plans to advance literacy around the world through cooperation with the Global Literacy Project, a non-profit organization that works to help provide books and build libraries abroad, Werts said.

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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.

Teen Transforms Children’s Orphanage

September 30, 2008 on 12:12 pm | In News from Gandarvakottai, South India, Students Making a Difference, Volunteers in the News | No Comments
June 2008.- She is an American teenager who lives in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Continents away, in the small village of Gandharvakottai in Tamil Nadu, a library named after her was opened in June this year. The Milena Lurie Library at the Lady Lynn Joyful Home for orphans and destitute children is the result of her efforts to unite different worlds.
Milena Lurie reading with Indian students

Milena Lurie reading with Indian students

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.

Also, local coverage in the Indian news…

Students use birthdays to give ‘global’ gift

May 7, 2008 on 5:34 am | In Students Making a Difference | 1 Comment

May 7, 2008.-Instead of receiving presents for their birthdays, eight sixth grade students recently decided to use the occasion to give a collective gift to the Global Literacy Project.

Camille Vanasse of Bridgewater, Drew Topor of Madison, Nikky Zezza of Greenbrook, Lizzie Abbott and Mikaele Lewis of Basking Ridge, Haley LaFontaine and Morgan Wahby of Summit, and Kyle Casey of Montclair asked their families and other Grade 6 families to make donations to GLP. To show their support, the families raised $5,000.

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