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Posted August 12, 2014

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Emerson Students Change Lives in Africa

The school sent more than 1,000 books to a school in Sierra Leone.

"We are really changing the world. My father says when you help one life, you change the world.”
-Emerson student

Emerson Elementary School students collected 1,025 book and raised $500 to help create a library at the Boys Primary School in Lunsar, Sierra Leone. School librarian Kasia Stevens spearheaded the project by partnering with the African Library Project, a national charity.

First, students made posters to advertise the project. Then, book donations were collected in boxes around Emerson. Next, Emerson had a week-long fundraising drive during called “Share the Love” in which many students contributed $1 or more to the cause. Many times it was their own money they had saved.

Comanche elementary students heard about the project through their librarian, Dan Barnard, and they contributed over 150 books as well as gave a sizable donation. Emerson received a lot of support from other APS librarians, too.

Next students sorted books, packed them tightly in boxes, labeled them and Mrs. Stevens sent them off with the help of a wonderful library volunteer. Over the summer the books crossed the ocean and were taken by truck to the school. 

One Emerson student said, “We are really changing the world. My father says when you help one life, you change the world.”

Many thanks to everyone who contributed. Way to go Emerson Eagles.

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