Grover Cleveland Middle School students driven to collect books after visiting Caribbean island last summer with their families.
Sixty-one boxes of books are on their way to make a difference for students on a Caribbean island this week thanks to the efforts of two Grover Cleveland Middle School seventh graders. Kaitlyn Kinsella and Emma Scott presented the results of their service project, “A Book Can Make a Difference,” to the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Monday night. The students explained how on a trip they took to Anguilla with their families last summer they met a woman named Claire who homeschooled children. Through Claire and friends they met while vacationing they learned about the scarcity of books on the island. “A lot of children don’t have access to books like we do,” Kaitlyn explained in their presentation. There is a library, but not …
Seventh graders from Grover Cleveland Middle School work together to instill love of reading and send books to Anguilla.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
When Grover Cleveland Middle School students Emma Scott and Kaitlyn Kinsella travelled to Anguilla this summer, they saw and learned something that most travelers don’t see … they saw children in need of books. While visiting Anguilla, a small island lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin, the seventh-grade girls and their families befriended a local woman, Claire, who home-schooled children in the area, and soon learned about the desperate need for books. “Claire told us that the children don’t have a lot of textbooks or reading books in their schools,” said Kinsella. “Anguilla is a poor but expensive country. It is expensive because all of their goods are imported. The children can’t afford to…