California High Schooler Takes Trip to Deliver 5,600 Children’s Books to Ghana

Allison Taylor packs up books in her garage to be delivered to Africa. The sophomore has been collecting the books since she was in seventh-grade.
Allison Taylor packs up books in her garage to be delivered to Africa. The sophomore has been collecting the books since she was in seventh-grade.

You might think Notre Dame High School-Belmont sophomore Allison Taylor is a pack rat when you happen upon the 76 boxes she has stacked up in her garage, but there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

These 3,000 pounds of boxes contain books Taylor began collecting a few years ago in an effort to help support literacy in Africa. Now, the 16-year-old Hillsborough resident will travel to Northern Ghana in late July to deliver the 5,600 books. The goal of Taylor’s group, Book Buddies, is to provide recreational reading material to those who lack resources.

“When I was in middle school, we were learning about the literacy rates in Ghana — there is one book to every 12 children,” Taylor said. “I started collecting in seventh-grade and wanted to hit a goal of 5,000 so I could go over and personally deliver them.”

An avid reader, Taylor enjoyed participating in the reading buddy program in her elementary school in which older students support younger students by reading with them.

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SOURCE: Angela Swartz
The Daily Journal

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