Two elementary students donate collected books

May 2014
Two students from Laurel Mountain Elementary School completed book drives. Thanks to each for their contributions. Each wrote emails to Executive Director Trudy Marshall. Following are the notes:

Mrs. Marshall,
My name is Matthew and I am in the 3rd grade. I did a book drive in my neighborhood because I wanted to have books to put in the libraries in Uganda.  I made homemade flyers from Microsoft.  I passed them out the week before the drive started.  I went with my older brother to each house and collected books.  When I went to the house, they gave me books and the people could also choose a book from the cart.  I wanted to encourage people to be readers.  I collected 5 boxes of books.



(Pictured is Matthew with his flyer and some of the books he collected.)

Mrs. Marshall,
Hi, my name is Mihit and I am in the 4th grade. I did a IIM research project on Uganda. In January, LME was participating in the Walk to Read to raise money for Libraries of Love.  I wanted to research about Uganda so I would know more about the country.   I learned that 1/3 of the population can speak English even though that is their official language.  They have had the same president for 30 years.  His name is Yoweri Museveni.  Uganda has a rich supply of minerals and crops.  It is located on the equator so the weather is usually warm and humid.
I am wondering how you got the idea to build libraries in Uganda.  There are many countries in the world that are poor, so how did you choose Uganda?   I hope to talk to you in the fall when you visit LME.  Have a great summer.


“Walk to Read” provides books and funding

Laurel Mountain Elementary and Forest Creek Elementary held their “walk to read” events in January.


Other schools plan walks later in the year.
Seventh grade language arts students at Cedar Valley Middle School began promotional writing for their school-wide Walk to Read fundraiser. Read about their venture into marketing for the May event in this article that ran in the local newspaper: “Cedar Valley students enter advertising world.”

The walks honor students in Uganda who walk long distances to school and read upon arrival. The walk idea was conceived three years ago by Jan Richards, principal at Laurel Mountain Elementary, where Executive Director Trudy Marshall served as librarian for 10 years. LME helped facilitate the first Ugandan library in 2005 and has continued their support through kind words, books, and funding each year.

For two weeks preceding the walk LME students collected donations from family and friends, brought them to school on walk day, and then celebrated with “walk to read” programs.