When Gina Finley, Librarian and Technology Assistant at Dublin Scioto High School (DSHS), Dublin, Ohio, was asked to help with a service project required for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, she said it had to involve literacy. Knowing the project must have a global impact, she realized that ALP was a perfect fit for her interests and IB’s requirements.
The students at DSHS embraced the book drive project. Many of them have an international background, including some from Africa. Gina explained, “They feel they are helping friends in their own country while sharing their love of reading.”
Even students without an African background find working with ALP meaningful. “I love helping others. I found collecting books hit close to home for me because my parents were born in Sri Lanka, a third world country that cannot obtain books and suffers greatly financially with a genocide going on," said Anujanaa Baskaranathan. “I thought collecting books for African schools was important.”
For Ashley Robertson, the value of the book drives was that “I got to share something that I love with others and promote the idea that everyone has the right to read and learn.”