Responsibility, Taking Action-
2007 "Walk for Literacy"
a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday,
October 20th, 2007
For Literacy" was in support of GLP's initiative to create
school libraries and resource rooms for the Puerto
Rican Action Board (PRAB) daycare and preschool classrooms
in New Brunswick, NJ as well as the
Rebuilding of a
center in Peru in a village devastated by the recent earthquake.
The walkathon's proceeds will also assist GLP's 2007 programs
for Daycare and Preschool Classroom Libraries in Africa-especially
in the slums
of Kibera, Kenya.
Walk-A-Thon proceeded from the Cook/Douglass Campus, meandering
its way up George Street to Brower Commons on the College Avenue
Campus. We had speakers, such as Mounir Ibrahim from CHF International, who gave us an update on the recovery efforts in Peru. GLP volunteer Simone Bingham also reported from her recent field trip to the slums of Kibera, Kenya and the eagerness that children in the schools there have for access to educational materials. Other speakers talked about how being able to act locally, such as in providing literacy and learning supplies for children in New Brunswick can be done as a simultaneous project with providing the same opportunities for children in Latin America and Africa.
event saw a variety of organizations partnering with GOYA and
GLP this year. We welcomed a new co-partner in the form of
the Vietnamese Student Association. Many other groups reached
out to their members, relatives and other interested persons
to fundraise for the event. For example, members of Alpha Kappa
Psi do various community service projects throughout the year,
and saw the "Walk for Literacy" as an opportunity
help out the community and give back to
the local New Brunswick area. Others, such as the National Society
of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) found the cause of helping advance
the opportunity for students around the world to learn something
that resonated with their own path to accomplishment. Students
High School came out in support because they though it
important as global citizens to stand up and make a difference
for students very much like themselves. [Take
A Look At the Walk in Pictures!]
The potential for making a difference does not simply end with the completion of the walk. Students interested supporting children's education and literacy in general can come out to support the Global Literacy Project's "Make A Difference Day" program to provide supplies in support of local daycare classrooms at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 27th, 2007 as part of the nationwide "Make A Difference Day" activities.