Students in La Palma’s Los Coyotes Elementary school take their love of literacy seriously, and now they can say they take it globally! When 4th grade teacher San Su shared that the African Library Project was in need of gently used children’s books to start libraries, the students were eager to gather up over 3,500 books, as well as raise funds to help start libraries in Botswana and Swaziland.
Started as a part of the District’s Great Kindness Challenge, the entire Los Coyotes community got behind the first book drive, which took place in September and resulted in 1,022 books sent to Botswana. The first response was so great; the students insisted on another drive this March and sent an additional 1,089 books to Swaziland. The African Library Project establishes partnerships with African-based organizations that specialize in education, library or community development. More information can be found on them by visiting www.africanlibraryproject.com.
Principal Robyn Yarbrough shared, “The African Library Project is an amazing opportunity for our students to experience, in a very hands on way, what it’s like to help empower fellow students who live over 10,000 miles away. Under the leadership and guidance of Miss San Su, one of our 4th grade teachers, the students of Los Coyotes have provided two schools in Africa, one in Botswana and one in Swaziland, libraries for the very first time. We hope to make this philanthropy an ongoing tradition.”
The Centralia School District is located in beautiful Southern California in the northern part of Orange County, between Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Established in 1875, Centralia School District’s eight elementary schools are located in the cities of Buena Park, Anaheim and La Palma, serving approximately 4,500 students.
This article was released by Centralia School District.