Arundel Elementary School students Hannah Blumen-Green, Amanda Breslauer and Madison Norman helped collect up to 6,000 books to help build libraries in Africa.
Since it's been such an awful news week, I found this story about three school girls and their group project to be particularly inspirational.
Building a library takes time, effort and a lot of books but three Arundel Elementary School fourth grade students — Hannah Blumen-Green, Amanda Breslauer and Madison Norman — decided to start a community book drive to start one for students in Africa....
“When these girls contacted me to arrange a meeting, I was amazed,” African Library Project Founder Chris Bradshaw said in a letter. “We’ve never had a group of kids so young take on the African Library Project by themselves before. After I met with them — without their parents or a teacher — any doubt I had about their ability to handle the project disappeared. In fact, I felt better about the future of the planet. Organized. Articulate. Determined.”Sometimes it takes children to remind us of all the good things in the world. Innocence is not a bad thing.
It takes 1,000 books to start a library and the three young women would need to raise money to ship the books. Well over 4,000 books and $1,800 were collected in one month. There’s enough to start four libraries and the young women finished packing the books last night.
“We all like books, so we wanted to help,” said 9-year-old Breslauer.