Granby teacher and Board Member Elaine Chagnon gave presentations at Kelly Lane Intermediate School, Kearns Primary School, and Granby Memorial High School on the Grace International School project and the desperate need for text books. Titled “Change for Change”, Chagnon encouraged students to donate spare change for the purchase of text books.
In Nigeria, a text book can be purchased for about $5. After having received a detailed list of the books needed for the school, Chagnon figured that about $5000 would be needed to purchase the 1000 needed text books.
At Granby Memorial High School, students of the AFS Club, advised by Consumer Science teacher Deb Jacques, designed a logo and tie-dyed T-shirts for sale as part of the fundraising efforts for the above textbooks.
Companion in Mission for Publishing and Communication awarded AEP a second grant of $7200 for the purchase of needed text books. About 1000 text books are needed to deliver the state curriculum. These books will be made available to students who cannot afford to purchase them. In addition, monies will be set aside for the purchase of computer equipment. While the school has four computers from the previous grant, more are needed. We will wait until there is a secure, dust-free environment before investing this money.
Ndanusa Fearon, a young local architect, agreed to provide a drawings for the third classroom building– a science lab/media center/administration building. Once he has seen the site, he will determine an appropriate placement for this building. He was also able to help locate a reputable computer distributor who could provide solar laptops to be paid for from a grant AEP received last spring.
Board member Elaine Chagnon again traveled to Nigeria this past summer, leaving on July 25 and returning home on August 10. Making arrangements through email is dicey at best, so flexibility is key Elaine knew teachers would come but made the assumption that there might be as many as 6, similar to last year. To her surprise, she was greeted by 12 educators from Grace International, including the young principal! Teachers represented a range of grade levels from kindergarten through high school. She taught for two days.
In a region without safe and reliable public transportation, it is very difficult for many children to get to the nearest school.One of our board members Paul Frank, from Akron, Ohio recognized that this was an urgent need. As a result he has donated a new school bus to Grace International School! Paul considered the bus a birthday present to himself and we are deeply indebted and grateful for his generosity. The bus was ordered and then delivered on June 17. The previous bus, manufactured in China, had seen better days and finally stopped running in early summer. The new Toyota bus will hopefully deliver many years of dependable service. A second bus is needed and is on our “wish list”.
A $6000 grant from the Companions in Mission for Publishing and Communication will be used to provide computers for Grace International School. These computers are essential if students are to acquire the skills necessary to successfully navigate today's world. We will start by providing a few computers and then add to them when a permanent, safe location has been constructed. Battery packs for the computers will also be purchased, as electricity is a rare commodity.
Interior work on the building completed in time for the opening of school in late September.
Elaine Chagnon arrives for 2 days of teacher training in Kaduna- travel north to the area of the school is not recommended. Teachers work on reading strategies, math games, and ideas for expanding writing.
Announcing the Completion of the first Phase of Grace International School.
It is with a great sense of joy and gratitude that we announce the completion and opening of the first phase of Grace International School. The building was completed in August and was opened in early September. The first group of pupils are now attending classes.
It is exciting to see the pictures of the completed building; as students fill the classrooms, we are planning the next steps in the Grace International School complex! Many thanks to all of our supporters- we all share in this success!
AEP receives a $10,000 grant from the Episcopal Diocese Millennium Fund towards construction of the school building. The grant is awarded based upon AEP's focus on providing education for girls in an area of the world where less than 20% of females are enrolled in school.
The grant is a true blessing and will be used to put a roof on the school building.