Franklin Elementary students, staff raise more than $11K for African library
Franklin Elementary School students got a lesson in appreciation when a visitor from a nonprofit told them about two schools in Tanzania where the library was a shelf with a few old books.
In the four years since, the Franklin Park school's mission to make a difference has paid off in the form of a new library for students at the public Eluwai Primary School and the private Noonkodin Secondary School for girls in Tanzania in eastern Africa.
Students and staff at Franklin Elementary, part of the North Allegheny School District, raised more than $11,679 to build the library in phases.
The library, a freestanding building that cost about $15,000 to complete, was finished earlier this year, said Todd Grossman, founder and president of a New York-based nonprofit, the Kilimanjaro Education Foundation, or KEF.
The foundation, which provided the balance of the money to build the library, works to bring the educational opportunities that exist in developed counties to underprivileged children in African countries.
Franklin Park resident Jeffrey Durosko provides pro bono communication services from his company to the foundation. In 2009, Durosko linked the foundation to Franklin Elementary, where his two daughters were enrolled.
“When you see a project like the things that KEF does, they're bringing something to kids in Africa that our kids just completely take for granted,” Durosko said.
Some of Franklin Elementary School's fundraising efforts included school-spirit and theme days, in which students paid $1 each to wear their favorite sports team's licensed clothing or dress like classmates for twin day, Principal Jeff Anderchak said.
A charity basketball game played by school district staff members and students' parents this spring at in Ingomar Middle School — the staff won 53-34 — raised about $2,100 for the library. The school also has used basketball games as library fundraisers in previous years.
Community support enabled the school to exceed its $10,000 fundraising goal for the library and raise the money in four years instead of the projected five to seven, Anderchak said.
Julia Moose and Melina Tripoli, both 11, who just finished the fifth grade, sold friendship bracelets they made at the game and raised $60.
“I've learned that there are many people in the world that haven't had as much experience with the things that we have in America,” Julia said.
The Tanzanian library will be named after Franklin Elementary School, Grossman said. About $3,000 to $5,000 more will be needed for furniture and books.
Franklin Elementary School's work isn't finished.
“We'll continue to contribute to put more textbooks, more materials, more furniture, more whatever it is that they may need,” Anderchak said.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can bereached at 412-380-5662 .
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ironman triathlete to visit Hampton church, share story of overcoming adversity
- Shaler Area students get a taste of Japanese
- Pine-Richland students named merit semifinalists
- Former Shaler resident set to celebrate 100th birthday
- Depreciation Lands Museum in Hampton to offer spooky lantern-lit tours
- Photo Gallery: Johnny Appleseed Day at Highcliff Elementary
- Photo Gallery: Cookie-decorating class at the Northland Public Library
- North Hills Community Outreach program helps those thrust into positions of need
- Millvale’s recent hire aims to bring sustainability to job