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Interacting with Malawi: OTHS’ Interact Club Building a Library in Africa

O’FALLON –The Interact Club of O’Fallon Township High School, which is a community service-based club through Rotary International, is collecting 1000 books and $500 to ship them to start a library in Malawi as part of the African Library Project. 

The club is collecting books and funds at O’Fallon Township High School- Smiley Campus until May 1 and auctioning off four graduation tickets on April 24 and 25 to raise money. They are working hard to share the gift of literacy with individuals who do not have that opportunity.

Alayshia Baker, a senior at OTHS, says, “It is a great learning experience to help those in need and nice to know we can pass on our books, which we have so many great memories with, to others who are less fortunate” 

The African Library Project has mobilized volunteers from across the United States to start 1,825 libraries in 11 countries over the past 10 years. A volunteer-based organization headquartered in Berkeley, CA, ALP helps Americans work with African partners to create libraries in communities with little or no access to books. “We couldn’t do it without the dedication and creativity of book drive organizers,” says Chris Bradshaw, founder of the African Library Project.

Interact Club is requesting donations of books in English at a pre-k to 8th grade reading level, but all types of books will be accepted. Books or monetary donations can be dropped off at 600 S. Smiley St. O’Fallon or mailed to OTHS c/o Jessica Day.

Interact Club would like to bring together the whole community to help a community in Malawi. Please e-mail Dayj@oths.us for more information or additional ways to help.