At the beginning of the summer, Rush Creek Elementary Kidstop students set a goal to collect 1,000 books to donate to Books For Africa. The organization’s mission is to create a culture of literacy and provide tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers and leaders in Africa.
The service project allowed Rush Creek students the opportunity to contribute to community globally.
On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Rush Creek Kidstop students celebrated reaching their goal three times over as they collected more than 3,500 books and a raised an additional $1,000 in just four weeks. Fellow District 279 schools Weaver Lake Elementary and Cedar Island donated another 7,000 books, bringing the total donation to more than 10,000 for Books For Africa.
Books For Africa board member Jote Taddese visited the school to accept the donation and to celebrate with the students who were treated to a performance by Tiyumba African Drum and Dance Company.
Additionally, several University of Minnesota Gopher athletes visited as part of the celebration. They partnered with Kidstop throughout the summer, participating in a car wash fundraiser, packing food with students at Feed My Starving Children and conducting their Eat Smart, Play Hard program.
Teaching students to contribute to community is a part of Osseo Area Schools’ mission. Kidstop strives to achieve that through annual service projects such as this one held to benefit Books For Africa.