Middle school kids reach out to children in Sri Lanka


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  • Middle school students raised money to help fund education in Sri Lanka



SPARTA — Jennifer Caputo, Library Media Specialist, and the students of the Sparta Middle School partnered with Room to Read to raise money for the children in Sri Lanka with the intention to promote literacy.

They raised $2,900 through read and math-a-thons, bake sales, book fairs, and bracelets sales.

Jennifer Chintala, Math supervisor, created Math-a-Thon packets, Danielle Kopp’s community service Builder’s Club ran and baked for the bake sales, and Christine. Crawford’s Connections classes designed and created silicone bracelets that read: “Read for the need – Sri Lanka Library Project.”

Bracelet sales alone raised over $550. Crawford’s students wrote friendly notes to the children of Sri Lanka which they translated into Srilanese with the help of an online translator.

Room to Read partners with local communities throughout the developing world to provide quality educational opportunities by establishing libraries, creating local language children’s literature, constructing schools, and providing education to girls. The organization seeks to intervene early in the lives of children in the belief that education empowers people to improve socioeconomic conditions for their families, communities, countries and future generations.

This campaign seeks to foster the ideals of cultural awareness, social entrepreneurship, and global philanthropy in the hearts and minds of children in the developed world.

The money raised by the students went to purchase books, provide three years of training for two librarians and assure them employment in the public education system, send one deserving girl to school, purchase desks and chairs for three classrooms, and purchase educational games, toys and puzzles for seven libraries.

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