Spring is almost upon us! It seems like this spring has been an especially long time coming, although I am still hoping for at least one big snowfall!
Before I launch into all that is ahead for Maryam and I in the month of March, I must first fill you in on all of the February happenings. During the month of February, my school celebrated Genres Around the World Week. To kick off the week, we had an assembly to discuss education around the world. We talked about the Maasai girls' school in Kenya, Nasaruni Academy, and how the girls had a very small library compared to ours. As part of our week-long celebration, each day, we read a different genre book aloud to our class. The students also had the opportunity to donate their spare change to buy books for Nasaruni's library. At the end of Genres Around the World Week, we had the students vote on their favorite genre. We then counted all of the spare change that had been donated. It totaled over $800! The kids selected realistic fiction as their favorite genre, so we will be sending realistic fiction stories to Nasaruni Academy.
Later this month, I will be participating in another event to benefit Nasaruni Academy. Each year, Harrisonburg High School hosts a fundraiser called the Empty Bowls Fundraiser. People get to select a handmade ceramic bowl and they receive a meal of soup and bread. The profits from this event all benefit Nasaruni Academy. This year, the event will be on March 16 from 5:30-8:30pm. In addition to the meal, there will be children's activities and a silent auction. I will be doing a read aloud of Messages From Maryam in the children's area. I'll also be donating a set of books to the silent auction, and sending a copy of Messages From Maryam to the girls at Nasaruni.
Please consider coming out to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser to support Nasaruni Academy, and check out their website here: www.nasaruniacademy.org/.