Students walk to stock library shelves

April 30, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Liberty High School’s National Honor Society students at last year's walkathon start the first lap on the school track to raise money for library books for Liberty, and for student-life programs at a school and college in Mumbai, India. Contributed

Liberty High School’s National Honor Society students at last year's walkathon start the first lap on the school track to raise money for library books for Liberty, and for student-life programs at a school and college in Mumbai, India. Contributed

Liberty High School students are hoping you’ll support their addiction to books.

The school’s National Honor Society students will raise money and pledges during the next month for their school walkathon May 22.

“It’s a way of helping our school and to start something for the honor society that will leave a legacy,” said Ashley Turnidge, honor society president. 

“Last year, the honor society reconvened here at Liberty,” said Dana Greenberg, honor society advisor and activity coordinator for the school. “They wanted to provide a service to the community, but also an academic service. So, they started the global section of the library and their walkathon.”

Proceeds from the event will purchase new books for the school library’s fiction and nonfiction international section, and support improving student-life programs at the F.R. Agnel Multipurpose School and Junior College in Mumbai, India. 

“In the U.S., we have a lot of immigrants from different nations and a lot of them don’t speak English,” Turnidge said. “But if we have the resources in different languages, they’ll be able to use them.”

It is also a way to help native English speakers immerse themselves in a language they are learning or learn more about different cultures around the world, she added. 

It’s been working, Greenberg said. 

“It is expanding the horizons of all the kids,” she said. “It is so cool to know that a child has checked out ‘Harry Potter’ here in Russian to try to read it, because they are learning the language.” 

The proceeds that go to the school in India will provide students with resources and help set up a cultural exchange between the two schools, Turnidge said. Honor society students got the idea from a fellow member who’d moved to their school about a year ago from the school in India.

“It really enhances the globalization theme that we’ve been working on as a school community for a few years now,” Greenberg said.

Ideally, about 60 percent of the funds raised will go to the library and about 40 percent will go toward helping students in India.

Last year, the walkathon raised more than $3,500 for the school’s library with help from 10 local business sponsors, 100 participants and many volunteers. Today, the school’s international fiction and nonfiction section is larger than ever and includes books written in English and other languages, thanks to those contributions.  

This year, the society is hoping to raise more. 

“We’d like to raise $5,000. We want to increase the amount we raise, but we’re happy to get as much as we can,” Turnidge said, adding it’s a way to combat some of the cuts local schools will face next year.

“It is an event that will gather kids from all parts of Liberty and there will be fun activities going on in the field,” Greenberg said. “It should be a really nice time for the whole community.”

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