African Library Project

Ilan Ramon Day School is Wild About Books!

05/01/2013 to 05/29/2013
Agoura Hills CA

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 ...

At Ilan Ramon Day School (formerly Heschel West) we believe in "a world of possibilites" for today's youth as we prepare them to meet the diverse challenges of the 21st Century. We develop committed and enthusiastic lifelong learners and leaders through innovative curriculum and a focus on critical thinking, community involvement and the values of Judaism.

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

Three years ago we started our own library for the children at Ilan Ramon Day School. On the day it opened, the children ran in as fast as they could with joy that is usually reserved for opening a special birthday present. That joy has continued through the years as the children use it daily. We want to share that wonderful feeling with the children of Malawai who until now have almost no access to any kind of books. Knowledge is power, and books spread knowledge. What a difference 1000 books can make!!!

About our African Partners...

Chimbeta School is a Primary School in the Mgunda Village of Malawi. Classes have 200 students with 1 teacher and no books at all. The children sit on a cement floor and write notes into a note book as the teacher writes on the blackboard. They go to school in the morning then help their parents in their fields in the afternoon or do chores such as fetching water. Homes have no electricity, no running water, little food, and no books.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Preschool - 8th grade books and teacher resource materials. They especially hope for non-fiction topics such as science or encyclopedias (less than 15 years old) in English. Paperback books are best since they are lighter to ship.

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

- For families with students at Ilan Ramon Day School, please have your child place books in their classroom's collection box during our Wild About Books Drive May 14-29. The classes will be competing to see what type of animal they are based on the amount of books donated by their class. Go Lions!!

- For members of our community, please feel free to drop books in the collection box at Ilan Ramon's main office at 27400 Canwood Street, Agoura Monday through Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm.

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

It costs about $200 to ship our boxes to the warehouse in New Orleans then $300 to ship the container to Malawi. You can help:

- After our Packing Party May 30, we ask that each family at Ilan Ramon take 1 box of books to the US Post Office and pay for the shipping. Boxes will be available at carpool May 30-31.

- Donations made out to "Ilan Ramon Day School" will be accepted in the main office to cover the cost of shipping to Africa.

Here are some ways that you can help...

- Get Wild About Books! Help your child clear out those shelves and feel good about donating books.

- Make a donation to help with the cost of shipping. These books have a long way to go!

- See what 1000 books look like - join us in the school library on May 30th for the Packing Party!

- Grab a box on May 30th and take it to your local post office.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Dina Reisman, Library Coordinator
Phone: 818 348-1190

Name: Yuri Hronsky, Head of School
Phone: 818 707-2365

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising

Our goal is 1 library with 1000, but if we collect more than that we can start another library! Let's see how many we can build!

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