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SCDSB Proud Partner in “Books for Ethiopia” Campaign

Sending books to Ethiopia: From left, Harold Ross, Mission of TEARS; Pierre Boivin, President, Taylor Beange Doors and Frames; Jean Hanson, Director of Education, Rainbow District School Board; Guy Campeau, Rainbow Schools teacher and Northern Ontario Director for Mission of TEARS; Barb Blasutti, Vice-President, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO); Marcel Vaillancourt, CVRD Inco; Rossella Bagnato, Interim Director of Education, Sudbury Catholic District School Board; Francois Legault, Mission of TEARS.

July 4, 2007 - Some 20,000 educational books no longer being used in area schools are being shipped to Ethiopia this summer thanks to the generous support of local donors.

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board in partnership with the Rainbow District School Board and numerous individuals in the Sudbury Community have donated excellent used educational materials for the Books for Reading program. The books are being sent to a brand-new school of 250 children in Ethiopia with very few resources. Thanks to the generosity of the two English school boards and through the support of local Sudbury businesses and volunteers these badly needed books will be in the hands of the students over the next two weeks.

CVRD Inco donated $5,000 to help cover the costs of shipping the books. The Rainbow Local of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) contributed $600 toward the project and Taylor Beange Doors and Frames provided space to store the books and also donated $800 toward the shipping costs.

“Thanks to the generous contribution of many participants, this literacy project will assist in breaking the cycle of poverty for many children for generations to come,” said Guy Campeau, Director for The Mission of Tears, Northern Ontario region. “We are most grateful to the schools who donated their surplus books for this program. We are also grateful to CVRD Inco, ETFO and Taylor Beange Doors and Frames for their collective contributions.”
To date, local schools have provided in excess of 80,000 surplus books to third world countries. The books include teacher resource guides that have since been updated by the Ministry of Education.

The Books for Reading program is spearheaded by the Northern Ontario region of The Mission of TEARS.



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