African Library Project

Westgate Elementary Community Service Club Book Drive

01/24/2012 to 03/13/2012
Falls Church VA

We are working with the African Library Project to provide books to eager readers in Africa who have very few books. Please help us by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It takes only 1000 books and $500 (plus a little elbow grease!) to start a single library and make a huge difference in children’s lives.

This book drive is organized by ...

The Westgate Elementary School Community Service Club began this year. It is comprised of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. These students voluntarily joined this club in hopes of making their community a better place. So far, CSC has held a food drive and visited their local senior center. Students successfully planned a food drive that collected over 400 pounds of food.

The students of the CSC are ready to take on another service project. We will be holding a book drive to help build a library for a primary school in Botswana, Africa. Our goal is to collect at least 1,000 books. In order to ship these books to our partner school, we also need to raise a minimum of $500 dollars to send these books overseas.

We want to start a library in Africa because...

The students at Westgate realize how fortunate they are to have access to so many wonderful books. When we read, we learn, we grow, and we discover. We want to help build a classroom library in Botswana so that other students have access to some of the same books and knowledge that we do.

About our African Partners...

Nwodua Primary School in Botswana.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

* Baby board books
* Children’s picture books
* Children’s fiction and non-fiction
* Early readers
* BIG books
* Teacher's resource books for school libraries
* Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
* Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
* Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
* Children’s thesauruses
* Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade)
* Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
* Children’s health books
* Accurate up-to-date atlases
* Books about Africa or African-Americans
* Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
* Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

Here's how you can contribute your books...

All books can be donated in the designated bins at Westgate Elementary School.

We need to raise funds for shipping the books...

The Community Service Club has generated an extensive list of fundraising ideas. We will narrow our list down and post all updates to this site.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please help us start a library for a school in Botswana by donating books to our drive. Monetary donations to support the shipping costs would also be greatly appreciated.

If you are able and willing to contribute to the cost of shipping, please make all checks out to Westgate Elementary School. Please write African Library Project in the memo line. Checks and/or books can be mailed to:

Meg Morton
Westgate Elementary School
7500 Magarity Road
Falls Church, VA 22043

Contact us to find out more

Name: Meg Morton
Phone: 703-610-5763

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 3/13/2012)
1,100 books $570.76 fundraising

We did it!

Not all students are afforded with the same opportunities. Every child deserves the right to read. Please help us spread a love for reading by making a donation.


Thank you to all CSC students who have dedicated themselves to making their community and world a better place. These students voluntarily give their time each week to plan and implement service ideas. They are our future.

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