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Literacy in a Box send its 400th box to Zambia and 500th box worldwide

From the Rotary District 1290 March 2014 Newsletter

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Tavistock Interact Club helps Literacy in a Box pack their 400 box of basic educational materials for Zambia.

Following on from their successful Quiz Night last year to raise funds for local Rotary charity "Literacy in a Box", Tavistock Interact Club was thrilled to be invited to help pack the latest consignment of Literacy Boxes for Zambia.  The Interact Club includes students from both Kelly College and Tavistock College and packing took place last Wednesday afternoon at Kelly College.

This was a landmark for the Literacy in a Box charity as the consignment included, not only the 400 Literacy Box sent to Zambia, but also the 500th Literacy Box sent to all destinations worldwide.  news-20-img2 (17K)DG Stephen was in attendance as was Graham Hawley, headmaster of Kelly College and member of Tavistock Rotary Club and Literacy in a Box chairman Ian Parker.  Stephen said "Tavistock Interact is a great club, and a fantastic addition to the Rotary family.  It was one of the highlights of my predecessor John James' year when he handed over their charter and I'm so pleased to see them working with our local Rotary charity Literacy in a Box."

The Literacy in a Box charity helps the same communities in Zambia that received such fantastic local support from Operation Sunshine in Tavistock before its recent closure.

The mission of Literacy in a Box is to ensure that every child has access to the most basic education essentials such as pens, pencils, paper, chalk and rulers.  Their core programme, School Aid 4 Zambia, is run in partnership with Operation Sunshine in Folkestone and provides these educational basics in brightly coloured boxes which are themselves used for a variety of purposes.  Each box contains enough basic school materials for 25 pupils and costs £295 including shipping.