Vandegrift Voice

  • Christmas Break December 21-January 8

  • Early Release December 20-21

  • Midterms December 18-21

Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

Carissa+Mallory+%28front+middle%29+at+Cups+and+Cones+with+organization+student+members+
Back to Article
Back to Article

Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

Carissa Mallory (front middle) at Cups and Cones with organization student members

Carissa Mallory (front middle) at Cups and Cones with organization student members

Carissa Mallory (front middle) at Cups and Cones with organization student members

Carissa Mallory (front middle) at Cups and Cones with organization student members

Emma-Rose Floyd, News Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






When sophomore Cara Mallory heard about how students in Tanzania, East Africa did not have books to use in the classroom, she decided to do something about it. In 2014, she went on to form the Reading Around the World Initiative (RAW), an organization that has since helped 350 students by giving them over 10,000 online books.

“Everything is taught in Swahili until secondary school, and then it switches to English,” Mallory said. “We are trying to bring more English materials to students, so that they have more chances to learn the language.”

In July 2014, Mallory organized RAW’s first mission trip to Africa with sophomore Sara Campbell to meet with the education leader and build their first library and technology center a week later at the Gerezani Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Since then, the organization has introduced technology, such as iPads, to the classrooms of the primary school. The group has also organized a book drive for all of Leander, in elementary schools and ice cream shops around the area, in order to send them to Tanzanian schools.

“It’s an important organization.” historian Megan Tullos said. “Every child deserves the opportunity to learn how to read. I feel really honored to be a part of something that could potentially impact so many lives,”

Mallory, Tullos and Campbell are motivated by their quest to reduce the dropout rate and raise the amount of students who go on to college. They hope that the Reading Around the World Initiative will help one day help students around the world.

“I feel really blessed to be to be apart of someone else’s life and help them have a brighter future, I feel honored to be a part of this organization,” said Mallory.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Emma-Rose Floyd, News Editor

Emma-Rose is a senior at Vandegrift. She has been a part of newspaper since her sophomore year. Positions she has held include Social Media Manager, and...

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




*

Navigate Left
  • Community

    Canned food drive open until Dec. 19

  • Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

    News

    Three seniors awarded perfect scores on the ACT

  • Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

    News

    Viperbots teams visit software companies

  • News

    All accounting 2 students pass Quickbook exam

  • Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

    Campus

    Theater students attend National Thespian Convention

  • Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

    Campus

    Students celebrate DECA month

  • Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

    News

    Advertising students play with food

  • Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

    News

    World Geography students learn about Geographic Information Systems

  • Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

    News

    National Merit Scholars recognized at football game

  • Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

    News

    PLTW speaker series gives students unique opportunity

Navigate Right
The online student newspaper of Vandegrift High School
Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa