African Library Project

Oakland High School IB Program Book Drive

10/16/2017 to 11/19/2017
Murfreesboro TN

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 ...

Hi, my name is Reese Phillips and I am a student at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I am involved in the International Baccalaureate Program at my school. This program is rigorous and wants to produced well-rounded, driven students. The IB Program shows students how to serve others in the community and beyond. I decided to partner with the African Library Project to get my peers and community connected to a school abroad. Being an IB student I value my education and believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. This is why I decided to partner with the ALP and collect the books and raise the funds to start a school library in Africa.

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

I have grown up with the ability to go to a library and check out a book. This is a privilege that others should have as well. Giving students the opportunity to read and learn English is one that is very inspiring. These students will have the chance to learn to read and improve their English skills. This book drive will give students in Kenya a chance to give themselves a better future.

About our African Partners...

The name of the partner library that I am trying to collect books for is called the Rabuor Kogelo Mixed Secondary School Library. This school is located in the Rabuor Kogelo Village of Kenya. The school has 182 students, 92 boys and 90 girls. The students at this school attend school from 8 am - 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. The library will be run by workers at the school. This library is well planned and is going to run by people who are committed to this library.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Those in charge of this library in Kenya are requesting 1,000 gently used books. This is a secondary school and requires books at U.S. 4th grade to 8th grade reading levels.

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

I will be reaching out to schools, businesses, and libraries to get the community involved. When these places are secured to help collect books and raise money the sites and plan will be posted as soon as possible. The goal start date for this book drive is October 16 and the end date is November 19. If you have students who go to Oakland Middle School or Lascasass Elementary School please stay on the look out for book drives at those schools!

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

I plan to contact to local restaurants and put together "spirit" nights to raise money. I have created a Go Fund Me page to raise the necessary funds for this book drive and other expenses. The GoFundMe page is Other methods of donating will be posted to follow.

Here are some ways that you can help...

If you'd like to help, please contact me, Reese Phillips, or others involved in this project. We would love for you to help by donating books or money. If you can't donate please share this page and communicate to others on how they can help. The books will be packed and sorted by IB students. If you would like to donate boxes or other items to help make this process smooth please contact me, Reese Phillips, or others involved,

Contact us to find out more

Name: Reese Phillips In charge of book drive. Any questions can be emailed to me. thanks.
Phone: 6155197025

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: November 29, 2017)
400 books $350 fundraising

We have raised $300 on the GoFundMe account.
Books will be raised soon!

A Little Bit Goes a Long Way!!


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