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C.H. Norton Me To We Collects Books For Children In Ghana

posted Feb 9, 2018, 10:19 AM by Rob Brown

Another “novel” idea by the Make a Difference and Me to We groups!


Ghana is located along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. Ghana's official language of instruction is English. Of the 26 million people in Ghana, 38% are 14 years of age and under. Unfortunately most children in Ghana don't have access to here is where we step in to help!


Our Make a Difference and Me to WE club leaders want to have a book drive. They wish to collect books to send to a new school in Ghana. We will begin collecting books on Wednesday, February 14th because at Norton we LOVE reading and making a difference! We will accept books until Wednesday, February 28th. Please ask your child to drop off your donations in Madame MacRae’s classroom-room 206. You do not have to sort your books as they will be placed in a large barrel (or hopefully two!) and they will therefore be mixed.

As a generalization, the reading level in most Ghana schools is a few grade levels below ours, though obviously some students are at/near grade level. The schools have students that range from JK to grade 8. Some books would be more relevant to the students than others. For example, a snowy adventure might be hard to relate to although anything will broaden their mind and hopefully improve their reading. Story books, picture books, non-fiction, and fact-filled books with loads of pictures and information are often appealing to many students. All books received will be greatly appreciated and will hopefully help them “turn the page” on low literacy scores and help them acquire an increased love of reading.

Thank you in advance for your support of our latest initiative. Check out the Books Matter website! (

In the words of Kofi Annan...Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”