The best presents children can receive are love and books!
I was online reading all things Knysna when i joyfully bumped into an article in the Chisago County Press (Minnesota, USA) which announced that two Knysna primary schools have received 1000 books each, compliments of the Chisago Lakes Rotary Club.
Wanting to share the wonderful news and pay thanks, i contacted the Chisago Lakes Rotary Club and had Joanne Sackreiter give me all the info.
The lucky educational institutions are Chris Nissen Primary School (White Location) and Concordia Primary School. Both are located in the predominantly poorer, northern suburbs of Knysna, one less than 2km from my home i.e. the books now have well-deserving homes!
She said that Ian Fihla was instrumental in collecting information as to what books were needed and the class sizes. Based on his recommendation, they worked with the Pearson Foundation to obtain 2000 books for the two schools.
“The Pearson Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching.”
Ian also sent this thanks to their local newspaper, Chisago County Press (taking me full circle).
2014 May 24
Chisago County Press
Greetings to all
It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the books have arrived at Chris Nissen and Concordia Primary Schools.
Although I was not there myself when they arrived, I can imagine the joy and enthusiasm that was there on their arrival.
The books will be a great contribution to the development of the minds of our children and thus to the community of Knysna as a whole.
The children who have had the pleasure and privilege of getting books from your foundation will be our future leaders. It is through education that they will prosper and break the chains of poverty. Most of their parents never got an opportunity to get formal education and they want their children to be educated.
Through The Chisago Lakes Rotary Club contribution, you have opened the doors of learning for those children.
Today marked the inauguration of the fifth democratically elected president of the Republic of South Africa. The country has been liberated but the mind set of the people is yet not liberated. It is through learning that their mind sets will be liberated and they can think and make informed decisions.
I want to extend a word of sincere thanks to Chisago Lakes Rotary Club and all those who have contributed in making it possible that our children can engage in reading to improve their literacy levels and they can thus improve the standards of living in our communities.
You have worked tirelessly trying to make this project succeed. Sometimes you had to go out of your ways, use your own finances and equipment to make sure that the project is successful. Sometimes you got frustrated because things were not happening the way you wanted them to but none the less you persevered. Your commitment in this and other projects that you are engaged in is highly appreciated.
When I visit the schools I will get some pictures of the children making use of the books and I will forward them to you.
Pass my sincere thanks to all who have participated in this historic and highly valuable donation. I would like to say to all of you, keep up the good work and may God bless you abundantly.
Thank you very much.
Our town thanks you all too!