A few weeks ago, Greens Farms Academy, a private co-ed school in Westport, Connecticut, donated several boxes of books to Wonderland BookSavers.
Posing with the donated books. Left to right: Madeline; Claire; Christine Fecteau, Lower School Librarian and Director of Library Services; Emma
We are thrilled to add Greens Farms Academy to our list of community partners, and we will be donating their books to the schools in Africa we support. Our community partner, Mark Grashow, the President and Co-Founder of US Africa Children’s Fellowship, told us that we “currently are supporting the education of 170,000 children in 350 schools in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ghana.” These books will have a tremendous impact, and will enable many children to further their education.
recipients of our books
children holding our books
Greens Farms Academy also has several outreach initiatives of its own, including the World Perspectives Program, Seed to Table, and a Sustainability Council. These programs focus on both local community service and involving students in their global community.Team Wonderland BookSavers is grateful for the books Greens Farms Academy has donated to us, and we will use these books to continue fulfilling our mission of promoting global literacy.
We know it is finally midsummer with the arrival of the Annual Pequot Library Book Sale.
This sale is the largest in New England. Thousands of book lovers come from the surrounding areas, some as far north as Massachusetts and New Hampshire, some as far south as New Jersey. The tents are filled with dog-eared and beloved books on every subject. Booksellers, book lovers and book browsers peruse the books, each searching (and finding) those unique volumes that will inspire and delight.
These past three days we went to the Pequot Library and set up a lemonade stand in rain and sunshine. We all huddled under an umbrella as it poured and were still huddled under it for shade when it was sunny. We made $212 by selling lemonade, different kinds of cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. I enjoyed making the brownies with my two little brothers and sister.
On the last day of the sale we used our money for a great deal: $5 a box! We bought 40 boxes of wonderful children’s books, over two thousand books filled with facts, fiction and fantasy. We chose classics, illustrated novels and inspiring picture books. Many of these books we have read and loved ourselves.
The volunteer cashier was very impressed and asked to have a picture taken with us. She wrote down the quote on the back of our shirts, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free,” by Frederick Douglass.
Soon we will pack up the boxes and ship them to different parts of Africa, with the help of a donating corporation.
My favorite part of this process was giving a cookie and lemonade to our first customer, a little girl with a beautiful smile.
Wonderland Booksavers and their team managers meet with Mark Grashow (center)
Members of the Wonderland Booksavers and their sister team, Project I.C.E., met with Mark Grashow, founder and head of the US Africa Children’s Fellowship, yesterday. Grashaw shared his story: a former math teacher, he became involved in providing school supplies and other important items to impoverished children in several African countries. USAC has supported over 70,000 children in 165 schools in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Ghana. Grashow’s inspirational presentation inspired us to do more to help USAC. Books are important to help children get an education, but other things can be helpful too. Based on Grashow’s advice, we are now planning to collect shoes so kids can walk to school, or toys which can be kept at schools to increase school attendance.
We sent Grashow away with a donation of 750 primary and secondary level books, which he will deliver to Africa himself.
The Wonderland BookSavers got their start for the school year, packing books to send to Africa with the US-Africa Children’s Fellowship. Books were carefully sorted by age level (primary and secondary) and labeled. We’re really excited to see where these books are headed! We look forward to meeting with the founder and head of the organization that will aid us in distributing the books.