Students making books for children in Africa
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Putting together books that were written and illustrated by students of Lehighton Area High School for a school in the impoverished African nation of Uganda are, l-r, Dean Kistler, from the office of Attorney William Schawb of Lehighton, who donated facilities and resources toward the project; students Sage Terembula and Morgan Ott, both freshmen, and Chey Davis, a junior; and faculty advisor Cristi Marchetti. About 125 books were made for the project. Marchetti said the local students are also putting together packages for the African students containing such items as tooth brushes and calculators.
Some students in Lehighton Area High School have turned into book publishers. They constructed books that they wrote themselves, containing photos and illustrations they compiled.
About 125 books of various titles and topics were produced.
The books will be sent to children in Idobo Primary School in Uganda as part of the international "Books of Hope" project.
On Wednesday, three students in the group as well as faculty advisor Cristi Marchetti gathered in the conference room of the offices of Attorney William Schwab of Lehighton, who donated facilities and resources to complete the book project.
Besides the books, the LAHS students will be sending packages with various items to the students. Attorney Schwab has donated several of the things for the packages, including toothbrushes and calculators.
The students working on the project were freshmen Sage Terembula and Morgan Ott, and sophomore Chey Davis. The project is being arranged by students in the high school's Anatomy II class and Language class.
This marks the third year that LAHS students are involved in the Books of Hope project. Last year about 90 books were sent to a school in Africa.
Ott said each student involved in the project picked one subject and wrote about it. The books are anything from elementary ABCs to high school topics such as the weather or health concerns.
Under the guidance of faculty members, the students wrote the books. One student wrote a book on children's games, such as hide-and-seek and duck, duck, goose. She took photos of herself and friends playing the games.
Another book is on outdoor games.
There are books on maps, vocabulary for third graders, the heart, and country critters.
"I think a lot of the students (at LAHS) put more effort into the project because we saw what the kids (in Uganda) have to go through," said Davis. She explained that a book about Lehighton was sent to the school in Africa and the photos and videos were sent back to the local school.
"We found their culture to be so much different," commented Davis. Davis. We have so much more than they have. I think doing this teaches us respect."
Ott said it was the academic ninth class which chose the Idobo Primary School becuase so many students at that school are also the heads of households. She said many students at that school also are responsible for taking care of their brothers and sisters.
Marchetti also noted that many of those students are also former child soldiers from conflicts in the improverished nation.
Other faculty members involved in the project are Melissa Blocker, Jennifer Shober Steigerwalt, and Bryan Buffington.