Launching Libraries 2017:
We partnered with SPEF and to create a taking library at Stillmeadow Elementary School in Stamford. This allowed students to take any books they want to help them create their own libraries at home. The amazing 5th graders at Stillmeadow led lead this project to share their love of reading with the younger students at school. The graduate ambassadors from Stillmeadow who created this project at Cloonan Middle School came back to help. Overall, the project was a success! In total, over 3,500 books were collected to be used by 750 Stillmeadow students.
Launching Libraries 2015: We partnered with the Bridgeport Child Care Learning Center to create a small library for their community. Ted M., our lead ambassador received a small grant to help us cover the costs of building the bookcases and we had the PenStar Series team leading as well!
We have collected and placed over 100,000 books since we started 8 years ago!
- Rural school libraries desperately need books so children can take books to read at home.
- American students learn the difficulties of getting an education in Africa and are empowered to help by donating their own supplies and corresponding with children in sister schools.
- Teacher morale and retention in participating African schools has dramatically increased.
- Reading tests results have increased from 5% passing to 60% passing in many schools.
- More students are qualifying for universities.
A few words from members… “We got involved with Kids Helping KIds in October 2011 when they came to our after school program and we enrolled in a workshop called, Turn Your Passion into Action. We initiated a holiday party for kids at the NEON center and it was so great seeing our passion and ideas transform into action. Sarahfina Strackman explained, “We created our second project around food hunger and Launching Libraries is our third project.” We know lots of kids do not have books and we want to get books into their hands to help educate them.” said Smana Seradieu. Melissa Gabrielle added that, “It does not take much time to help and we enjoy getting together and helping make a difference in the lives of other kids. All three teens are 11th graders at Norwalk HIgh School.