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Monday, September 24, 2012

St. John the Baptist-Vermillion 5th graders and theSt. John the Baptist School loaded a vehicle full of used textbooks bound for Africa

St. John the Baptist-Vermillion 5th graders and their teacher, Mrs. Gordon, 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 Each year, the students load hundreds and hundreds of pounds of used, out-of-date school textbooks and religious education books to be sorted at the Books for Africa warehouse near downtown St. Paul.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. Inthe classroom, students talk about poverty and isolation that prevents many students in far-off parts of the world from achieving any level of education. There is also conversation about how our older textbooks actually become a blessing to students and teachers in the most remote, poorest parts of Africa; and how as students, they are assisting in the mission of Christians to spread the Gospel message. Since 1988, Books for Africa has sent over 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" given by Representative John Kline for the students' volunteer contributions to the Books for Africa organization.

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