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GOYA’s Scarily Great Time at Monster Mash!!!

GOYA at Monster Mash

The G.O.Y.A. Project gave books out to nearly 400 children at Rutger’s Annual Monster Mash this past Friday, October 29. Kids from all over New Brunswick and neighboring towns arrived in droves as hundreds of student organizations and departments had all sorts of creepy activities and candy for these kids, as a safe and fun alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. We had a spooky bucket-of-guts for kids daring enough to stick their hands in and pull out eyeballs, brains and more!! Each child received a candy bag, book, and coloring book to take home.  We’re sure that the book will last much longer than the candy!!!!

One of nearly 400 book recipients at Monster Mash!!

Excited kids as they dig for GOYA's guts!!!!
Excited kids as they dig for GOYA's guts!!!!
he brains behind the GOYA Project
The brains behind the GOYA Project
GOYA's most dedicated member!!
GOYA's most dedicated member!!

Walk for Literacy Success!!!


Thank you to all the individuals, organizations, and businesses who participated in our Annual Walk-for-Literacy. We were able to raise over $2000 for our initiative to assist communities locally and globally in facilitating literacy.

The G.O.Y.A. Project E-board extends our sincerest appreciation to everyone who participated!!!

We kicked off the walk outside the Douglass Student Center, where participants ate the complementary breakfast refreshments while organizations made banners. After everyone was registered Denniston Bonadie, Rutgers Africana Studies Dept. professor and Faculty Advisor to The GOYA Project, along with Dr. Olubayi, Dean Goughan, and members from GOYA’s E-board gave thanks and motivational words to everyone present. After the 5K walk, we were entertained by the vocal stylings of the Liberated Gospel Choir, then by Rutger’s own DJ E-Rod and ate pizza donated by Gerlanda’s and Paulie’s Pizzerias, and beverages donated by 7-Eleven and RU Pizza and Grill. Some amazing prizes were awarded to two distinguished walkers who raised the most in individual sponsorships, and more prizes were raffled off to a dozen more lucky walkers.

All in all, a beautiful event, on a beautiful day!!!! Special thanks go out to the businesses below:


Save the Date!!

Hi everyone!! Our annual Walk for Literacy is scheduled for Saturday, October 9. Mark your calendars as we prepare for this event to promote literacy locally and abroad. Hundreds of people including student organizations, faculty, local business owners, and members of the New Brunswick community will gather at Passion Puddle to walk to College Ave campus with the common goal of improving literacy worldwide.

“No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy”

This quote, from the LA Times, captures the essence of the purpose for the Walk for Literacy, and the aims of this organization. Check this page often for updates on the walk. We look forward to seeing you there!

Make a Difference

The “Walk for Literacy” Committe Says: THANK YOU!!

What an incredible turn-out despite the weather!

Enthusiastic supporters of Global Literacy!
Enthusiastic supporters of Global Literacy!

The G.O.Y.A. Project and GLP Inc.  would like to say “thank you” to the over twenty five organizations and family groups along with all the other individuals who made the exceptional effort to turn out for the Walk-for-Literacy today.

Despite the discouraging weather, we were still able to have an incredible turn-out.  When we saw the dozens upon dozens of people lining up it truly made us feel part of helping change the world. We appreciate all your support and please know that you all have helped in making a difference!!

Meryl Ironson and Assemblyman Chivukula speaking at start of walkathon
Meryl Ironson and Assemblyman Chivukula speaking at start of walkathon

We are also so very appreciative to educator Meryl Ironson of the Bragg School who came and spoke so wonderfully and movingly about the work she is doing through he Global Literacy Project with young students in Africa. It was wonderful to hear about how these young students are now sharing stories and poetry with their counterparts in New Jersey.

A heartfelt thank you to Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula who braved the weather to kick off our 2009 Walk for Literacy. We hope to continue working with the Assemblyman on his initiative to supply backpacks of school supplies to New Jersey students. We were also inspired to hear how literacy allowed him to rise out of poverty in rural India to eventually study in the USA and become an Electrical Engineer.

G.O.Y.A. Project E-board

A special thank you to our co-sponsors: Alpha Kappa Psi, Black Student Union, Delta Epsilon Iota, Ileret Education Association, Iota Phi Theta, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Pre-Law Society & Sigma Lambda Upsilon; as well as ALL the volunteers from today. We couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Thank you again!

The G.O.Y.A. Project E-board
Global Literacy Project, Inc.