Announcing the Completion of the First Phase of Graceland International School.
It is with a great sense of joy and gratitude that we announce the completion and opening of the first classroom block of Graceland International School. The building was completed in August and opened in early September. The first group of pupils is 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 for the Graceland International School complex! Many thanks to all of our supporters- we all share in this success!
Granby Students Create Books for Nigeria!
Last spring, in preparation for the summer Nigeria trip, Granby students showcased their writing skills as they published lightweight books for teachers to use in their classes. Students from Kearns Primary and Wells Road Intermediate schools published a variety of books, much to the delight of the teachers, who are grateful to have received them. Hopefully, the project can be expanded in preparation for next year’s trip. Many thanks to the students and teachers!
Benefit Dinner a Success!
On Saturday, February 23, the AEP Board hosted its second benefit dinner in support of Graceland International School in Gusau, Nigeria. Originally planned for April 2012, the dinner was rescheduled when our speaker, Bishop John Danbinta of Gusau, was unable to obtain a travel visa until August 2012.
As soon as we got word that Bishop John had the visa, we started planning his visit in partnership with St. Paul’s Church of Akron, Ohio. Between Bishop John’s commitments in Nigeria and the many people in the United States who wanted to hear about Africa Education Partnership and Graceland international School, we decided the best time for his visit was late February/early March. In addition to the AEP benefit dinner at St. Peter’s, his itinerary included:
• Visiting with friends he met while studying at Hartford Seminary and people who have traveled to Gusau
• Speaking at various venues in Connecticut - St. Peter’s Church, First Cathedral in Bloomfield, and Trinity Church in Tariffville
• Traveling to Akron to speak at St. Paul’s and meet with church with parishioners
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.
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