Students collect money for Books For Africa

Wolf Creek faculty members delivering books, sorting and packaging at BFA warehouse in St. Paul. Photo supplied

Wolf Creek faculty members delivering books, sorting and packaging at BFA warehouse in St. Paul. Photo supplied

This year, students from Wolf Creek Distance Learning Charter School in Lindstrom participated in a campaign to collect donations for the Books For Africa foundation.

The school was able to get carloads of books donated and raised $89 with its annual “Penny Wars” competition. Each faculty member had a jar that students dropped their coins into. Pennies counted as positive points and everything else counted as negative points.

“Because of the generosity of our students, this was the first year we had teachers in positive. That was fun, since the learning managers and students take this challenge pretty seriously,” explained staff member Jessie DeCorsey.

One student brought in a jar of pennies she had been saving since the second grade. That generous donation put Learning Manager Becki Olseen into the winning position. To celebrate, all of Mrs. Olseen’s students will get a pizza party in the coming week.

According to the Books for Africa organization, it costs 50 cents to ship a single book oversees. Wolf Creek is happy to know that they are responsible for shipping 178 books to the children and schools in Africa.

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