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Interact Club promotes African Library Project

Kristina Powlen, Staff writer

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DCHS graduate Chris Bradshaw came to Delphi Community High School last year to express her gratitude for being honored for her efforts on starting multiple libraries in northern Africa. She expressed how much she had grown and had been inspired from pursuing her program: “The African Library Project.” Now, four months later, the Interact club is taking action and has already collected 300-400 books. The goal is to collect 1200 books. Interact is making a call-out to all students to donate any extra or unused books toward this organization. With student, faculty, and community assistance, within the year, another library can be built in Africa.

 

What is the African Library Project (ALP)?

The African Library Project is an organization that aspires to build libraries in Africa to help less fortunate children and provide them with educational resources. Multiple clubs and schools are involved and are making a positive impact. The way the program works is that each club has a designated amount of books to collect by a certain date. Monthly goals are set to help clubs stay on track. After receiving the necessary amount of books, the organization then ships the books to Africa where they will make a lasting impact.

 

Delphi Community High School African Library Project progress.

As stated previously, the Delphi Interact Club has an estimated 300-400 books from multiple donors. Mr. Mroczkiewicz, Interact club sponsor, said, “Thank you to anyone who has supported this project; anyone who has spread this word. Thank you to everyone who made this a reality.” He would also like to give a shout-out to the Interact club officers: Sarah Rohrer, Kristina Powlen, Emily Hudson, and Britany Werner.

 

There are three months until shipping day and Interact still has yet to collect 800 books, which roughly gives the school the goal to collect 250-300 books each month, but they can’t do it alone. With the help of Rotary, and the student body, this goal can be reached. Interact plans to host a book drive soon, so keep an eye out for when the drive is scheduled or bring in any books and take them to Mr. Mroczkiewicz’s room.

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  1. Chris Bradshaw on September 29th, 2017 12:05 am

    I’m so proud of DCHS’ Interact Club spearheading the efforts to help start another library in Africa. Most of the rural schools where we work have only a handful of books and the teachers must teach from memory. Adults who learned to read in school lose their literacy because they have nothing to read in their villages. The kids that receive these books light up when they arrive!. Books provide a pathway of life changing possibilities for Africans with extremely limited resources.

    I know you can do this! Delphi Elementary collected the books for two libraries a couple of years ago. Just clear out your bookshelves and remind your friends to do the same. Thank you so much for your compassion and global activism!

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Interact Club promotes African Library Project