Mar 23 2011

Passing on the Gift of Education

Published by at 8:22 PM under Teacher Talk

Our Gr.5 students are beginning to prepare for our annual BookSale that spans across two days at the end of April. Books have begun to find their way into the donation boxes in front of the 3 school offices (Elementary, Middle and High School).

The Grade 5 students at I.S.B. have been supporting the education of poor children in Bangkok for several years now. We feel very privileged to come to school each day with our backpacks full of colorful markers, notebooks, and work we are proud of. It is our turn to give back to the community by helping other children to experience the gift of education that we sometimes take for granted.

The money raised from the booksale goes to sponsoring as many children as we can by sending them to school. It costs 8000 baht to send 1 child to school for 1 year! That’s only $275.00 (U.S.). Last year we were able to send 20 children to school for a year. What an amazing job!

Mercy Centre is the organization that directs this money in the right way. Their mission statement says,

We work to help the children and communities of the many slums of Bangkok. Together with our neighbors in the slums we create simple-but-progressive solutions that touch the lives of thousands of the poor every day. We build and operate schools, improve family health and welfare, protect street children’s rights, combat the AIDS crisis, respond to daily emergencies, and offer shelter to orphans, to street children, and to children and adults with AIDS – always together, hand in hand and heart to heart with the people we serve.

Please visit their website that will explain all of the services and opportunities they provide, beyond just education.

Here is a PhotoPeach project made by Adam, Jonah and Max, advertising the need for used books!

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