Based in Erlangen, Germany, the Franconian International School is one of the first and main supporters of BOOKBRIDGE. With a group of engaged students, FIS librarian Elaine Smith has collected several 10,000 books in the last years to equip our learning centers in Mongolia and Cambodia. In this blog post, Alexandra Harrison, a 12th grade FIS student, describes the FIS’ engagement in BOOKBRIDGE in 2014.
BOOKBRIDGE at the FIS, despite a small period of dormancy following the graduation of the earliest active members, has once more developed to become not only an important, but also the longest-running service project at the Franconian International School. This year was particularly busy for us as we received a list of books that were required for the existing learning centers and for two new learning centers.
As a result, we launched several collection campaigns and by the end we had sorted over 13,000 books into specifically labelled pallets for each corresponding learning center. Daria from Murun, Mongolia & Sokoeurn from Takeo, Cambodia visited us for three weeks and helped with the book sortings too. In total 26 pallets of books and shelving were sent to Mongolia with Kuehne & Nagel.
Despite being a very stressful time, riddled with demanding collection campaigns and long sorting days at the school, we were all very proud to have achieved our goal by the end. The year finished off with three of our BOOKBRIDGE members attending the summit in the Black Forest, where closer understandings and connections were founded, paving the way for another successful year of fundraising and collaboration with the BOOKBRIDGE team.