African Library Project

Stowe High School's National Honor Society Book Drive

04/02/2015 to 06/1/2015
Stowe VT

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 ...

Our school's National Honor Society is comprised of several dedicated and hard working scholars of Stowe High School. We have made it our mission to be leaders for our school and community, especially where service is involved. Over the years we have participated in many projects to benefit our local community. Now, partnering with the African Library Project, we hope to expand our impact. Although we are just a small school in rural Vermont we can make a difference for children thousands of miles away. Bringing education to those less fortunate improves their future prospects and will inspire those in our own community to think in a more global context.

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

We are fortunate enough to live with great privilege concerning education. With that comes a responsibility to give back to those not so lucky. Books promote well rounded minds and thoughtful students. These children who are exposed to forward thinking and mindful attitudes can be given the opportunity to make a difference in their own communities. Continuing to empower future generations is truly the way make changes in the world; the literacy of children in less fortunate circumstances is the first step towards that future.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are hoping to collect books for a primary school library in Malawi. These consist of:

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). Send no more than two copies of any texbook; these will be used for teacher resources.
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
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...

If you have books to donate please bring them to the lobby of Stowe High School during school hours (8 AM-4 PM), send them to Stowe High School at 413 Barrows Rd, Stowe, VT 05672, or contact a National Honor Society member (listed below). The drive will start on Thursday, April 2nd and is projected to end in mid May.

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

We need to raise about $600 to pay for shipping and handling costs. We are hoping to raise the shipping fees by doing a "5k for $500" (although ideally we're shooting for $600!). You can sponsor a community member or student to participate in the run. More details to come!

Here are some ways that you can help...

We could use all the help we can get! You can support us by donating money, sponsoring a runner in our "Race for Reading", gathering old children's books and donating them

Contact us to find out more

Name: Devin Kiernan

Name: Emily Trowbridge

Name: Tim Gallagher

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 4/30/15)
164 books $ fundraising

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