Textbooks Travel from Vermillion to Africa

Representatives from the 5th grade class at St John the Baptist School-Vermillion recently loaded a vehicle full of used textbooks bound for Africa. Each year, the students load hundreds and hundreds of pounds of used, out-of-date school textbooks and religious education books to be sorted at the Books for Africa warehouse near downtown St. Paul. The Vermillion books join many others at the warehouse, where they are loaded into huge shipping containers bound for Africa. Poverty and isolation prevent many students in far-off parts of the world from achieving any level of education. Older textbooks actually become a blessing to students and teachers in the most remote, poorest parts of Africa. The Vermillion students are assisting in the mission of Christians to spread the Gospel message around the world by sharing their old Religion books. Since 1988, Books for Africa has sent more than 24 million high-quality text and library books to children and adults in 46 African countries. During the 2011-2012 school year, the St. John the Baptist 5th grade class was awarded a "Star of the North Award," presented by Rep. John Kline, for their volunteer contributions to the Books for Africa organization. Pictured above, from left to right, are Billy Wilson, Abby Strommen, Tyler Kuhn and Dresdon Leifeld.

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