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 Graceland 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”.
Excitement in Nigeria
We previously reported that our Nigerian partners had completed the first of three planned classroom blocks in time for the start of the last academic year. The classroom space is basic, but very comfortable for students and teachers. Most importantly, each of the ten classrooms in the first block was filled this past school year with eager students and teachers!
Adding to our excitement, the school building team informed us several months ago that many families are asking when the next phase of Graceland International School will be complete. With AEP’s blessing and commitment, the Nigerian team elected to immediately move forward with classroom block two – and construction is now well underway.
Granby Students and Teachers Collect Supplies
In preparation for the summer trip, students and teachers at Granby Memorial High School in Granby CT have collected school supplies to be brought over to Nigeria this summer. These supplies will be distributed during teacher training workshops currently being planned. Initiated by junior Alexis Champion, several boxes were strategically placed around the school with a public service announcement to advertise the cause. In addition, several teachers have offered support in the form of monetary contributions and donations of books and other supplies. Many thanks to all who have contributed!