Did YOU know that there are schools in the world that don’t have LIBRARIES? They don’t even have BOOKS to be able to put on shelves. We think that this is heartbreaking. We can’t IMAGINE what it would be like to go to a school with NO books … because there are probably about a THOUSAND or MORE in our classroom alone! And, our school has 28 classrooms. If each classroom had a thousand books, then that would be OVER 28 000 books, just in the classrooms! That doesn’t even include the books in our LIBRARY, which might even be four TIMES what is in each classroom! Wow. That’s a LOT of BOOKS!
When Tim, Ben and Ella came to tell us about their adventures in Peru, they ALSO told us that Q’enqo was ONE of those places with no library or books for the kids to read and learn from. That’s when we discovered that the Grade Threes from LAST year started a LIBRARY project. They did LOTS of fund-raising and sent it to Q’enqo, Peru through Mosqoy. That money helped the people in Q’enqo to fix up a building to make a library possible in this tiny village.
We LIKED the idea of helping Q’enqo finish their library and put books on the shelves.
THAT’S when we decided to do PAJAMA Day! We got to wear our pajamas to SCHOOL, and even bring a favourite book AND stuffed animal. Many kids brought in a loonie to help Q’enqo buy books and work on the library project. Some people even brought in MORE. There were students who did CHORES around the house, like vacuuming, folding laundry, shovelling the driveway, cleaning the car, walking the dog, helping with dinner and cleaning our bedrooms to help raise money. Lots of us don’t even LIKE to do chores, so this must tell you how important it was to us!
Can you believe that, after counting all the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies, twoonies, five, ten and even TWENTY dollar bills, five classes of Grade Threes managed to raise $271.05? This class, alone, was so desperate to get books into those childrens’ hands … that we raised over $112.00! That’s almost 50%!
Peru is far away from Calgary, on the continent of South America. If you flew there, it would take eleven hours. It made us feel very proud to send our cheque to Q’enqo to help build the library in another country.
We think we should help others – even if they live across the globe – by being the best FOR the world. This WON’T be the LAST time we work together to raise money for books for Q’enqo. After all … T.E.A.M. really means … Together Everyone Achieves More!
- How do YOU help others?
- How are YOU the best FOR the world?