Good Things Happening

This is a copy of an article as it appeared in the Cincinnati Post:

Good things happening

Funds buy books for Nicaragua

Students at Wyoming Middle School are involved in a fund-raising project to send books and supplies to the library in the small town of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

“I am enjoying helping to collect books and stuff for their library. I think to be able to help someone in any way is a good thing,” said Alexa Kamm, 13, an eight-grader.

The project, which began about three weeks ago, is being spearheaded by seventh- and eight-grade Spanish classes of Diane Bajeca and Liz Knopp.

“We collect books in Spanish and English,” said Kate Kessoer, 14, an eight-grader. ” We are also collecting book bags, school supplies, colored pencils, erasers, notebooks and flashcards.”

Connie Dow, a volunteer parent for Wyoming Middle School, is helping with the effort. Dow said she learned about the need for books through a friend, Jane Mirandette, who relocated to Nicaragua and runs a bed-and-breakfast.

“She learned that up until three years ago, there was not one lending library in the whole country,” Dow said.

Dow said students have collected $300 and several boxes of books.

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