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Pierrefonds

Pierrefonds Comp. students collecting children’s books for Jamaica

Grade 7 and 8 students from the international baccalaureate program at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School are collecting books, school supplies and small toys to send to Jamaica this spring.

Planning for the Give the Gift of a Book began last fall and the collection began mid-January.

So far, they have collected 3,200 books, but more are needed. The books should target 4- to 16-year-olds and no textbooks will be accepted. The collection has expanded to include basic school supplies and small plush toys.

Grade 8 student Jaeda Khalilifar is helping get the word out.

“I have the opportunity to learn, read and write, while at the same time, somewhere in the world, a child doesn’t even have a book to call his or her own,” Khalilifar said. “Now, there is a chance for me and others to give back.”

Students in the international baccalaureate program are involved in community outreach projects on a regular basis. Last fall, they were divided into teams and assigned projects with a global reach. They were required to come up with an action plan for a project that would have a positive effect on a community in need and then execute it.

After the students have packed the books and supplies and prepared the documents for customs, Air Canada will fly the cargo to Jamaica and the Issa Trust Foundation will distribute the books and supplies to hospitals, medical clinics and schools.

Collection bins are set up near the reception desk at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, 13800 Pierrefonds Blvd. For info, call 514-626-9610.

kgreenaway@montrealgazette.com

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