Our second-grade students, in collaboration with the African Library Project, have achieved something remarkable for the third year in a row. They collected over 1,000 new and gently used books to establish a primary school and community library in Akim Anamase, a farming village in Ghana, West Africa. This initiative aims to address the educational challenges faced by children who often accompany their parents to work on the farms, hindering their studies. Through vibrant posters and a successful walkathon, our second graders not only met their goals but exceeded expectations, sending 15 boxes of books to Africa.
To ensure success, our second graders engaged the Hausner community. They created eye-catching posters adorned with vibrant African colors and patterns encouraging donations and organized a walkathon to raise funds for shipping. The posters reminded community members of the impact their contributions could have on the children in Akim Anamase. The walkathon brought together family, friends, and neighbors, resulting in the surpassing of the fundraising target, with over $4,000 raised.
With the funds raised, our students purchased most of the books on the school's wish list and beautiful new reference books. They also supported another organization that lacked sufficient funds for shipping their own books. This collaboration exemplifies the spirit of unity and shared purpose. Together, our students showed that even small actions can lead to profound change.
The completion of this project enriched the lives of the children in Akim Anamase and left an indelible mark on our second graders. It demonstrated their ability to effect positive change, proving that even seven and eight-year-olds can make a difference. Through their efforts, they empowered themselves and those around them, reminding us that together we can shape a better future.