Friday, February 19, 2010
SDSU Group Brings Joy of Reading to Children in Africa
A fundraiser project benefitting a library begins Feb. 22.
A photo of the school that will be receiving the new library.
Oh the Places You’ll Go!
Or maybe Rainbow Fish
. Whatever your favorite book was as a child, you probably remember going to an elementary school library and the joy that came along with checking out a book. Now SDSU is helping to give that same joy to children half a world away.
The Mnyakongo School Library Project is comprised of 26 SDSU students and faculty. The group will travel to Kongwa, Tanzania, from May 23 through June 6 to assist in the construction and installation of a school library in an economically depressed region of Tanzania.
In conjunction, SDSU’s homecoming King and Queen Rex Brown Jr. and Tess Banko will hold a book drive, Feb. 22–26, as part of their student service project
Requested items include
- Children’s books
- Children's clothing
- Books in Swahili
- Art supplies
- School supplies
- Educational toys
- Any sporting goods
“We’re hoping to get participation from the entire campus on this drive,” said Mariah Hudson of the SDSU Center for Regional Sustainability.“These books and this project have the potential to really make an impact for these young (Tanzanian) students.”
The SDSU Department of Theatre, Television and Film will also hold a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on May 1, with all ticket proceeds going to the library project.
Donations will be accepted Feb. 22–26 at the offices of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, business administration, international studies, theater and social work, as well as the Veteran’s Center. Cash donations will be accepted through May 15 at the International Studies Office.
Checks should be made payable to “Scholars Without Borders.”