Mercy McAuley juniors Ava Surendorff and Jiya Patel have partnered with the Blue Manatee Literacy Project to start a library for LEAP Academy, a world language magnet school located in North Fairmont that specializes in Spanish instruction for students in grades K-6. Helping students learning a second language is important to Ava and Jiya, both of whom are children of immigrants. Jiya's family immigrated from India; Ava's father immigrated from South Africa.
When Ava and Jiya learned that LEAP Academy was in need of a library composed of 1,500 to 2,000 books, they knew they wanted to help. They contacted the Blue Manatee Literacy Project (BMLP), a local organization that provides books for the youth in our community. BMLP curated a list of books to meet the needs of LEAP Academy. The list includes a diverse array of authors, fiction/nonfiction works, and reading types. Ava's and Jiya's goal is to raise at least $16,000 to build a library suitable for LEAP Academy's size.
"There is something truly uplifting in watching one student reach out a hand to help another student. The Mercy McAuley community is an excellent example of how collaboration equates to real impact. The Blue Manatee is fortunate to be a part of this initiative," said Amanda Kranais, executive director of the Blue Manatee Literacy Project.
To help with their fundraising efforts, Ava and Jiya have engaged the student body at Mercy McAuley by spearheading a school-wide fundraising challenge. "We need the support of our entire community as we attempt to reach our goal," said Ava. "This library will be a source of joy, knowledge and inspiration to the students of LEAP Academy for years to come."
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