Term 1, Issue 3 - Give a Girl a Book | Siena College
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Give a Girl a Book

“To turn the pages of a book means gaining a vocabulary. It means mastery of the English language and that means a job. For girls in the slums and villages of Africa, books are a passport to a better life”
Suzy Zail, author of “I am Change” and coordinator of #giveagirlabook

Our International Women's Day Initiative #giveagirlabook has been enthusiastically embraced by Siena students. Our students have donated large numbers of preloved books in House Groups and in other collection locations throughout the school. The books are destined for girls in Africa who don’t have easy access to books and for whom reading provides the hope of a better future.

During their Pastoral Period this week, students wrote individual letters to the recipients of the books. Our students connected with the future readers by sharing with them what they had enjoyed about the book they were donating, what they enjoyed about school and why celebrating International Women's Day was important to them as young women of the world. This activity was a powerful and meaningful way for our students to show empathy, compassion and connection to and solidarity with girls around the world.

Books will be sent off next week and donations will be accepted up until next Tuesday, 10 March.

Bronwyn Ilott

Head of Justice Education

Minna Jewell

Leader of Wellbeing Programs
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