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Literacy for Liberia

Freshman hosts book drive for Eagle Scouts project

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Sitting in front of stacks of donated books, Liam Wolfe, freshman, shows pride for breaking his goal. Wolfe originally wanted to raise 200 books.

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He started out thinking that he would only raise about 200 books, but Liam Wolfe ended up with 1,731 books to send to Liberia. The book drive was held during the week of April 24, also known as International Week.

“The point of my book drive was to build a library in Liberia to improve their literacy,” said Liam Wolfe, freshman.

Wolfe held this book drive to become an Eagle Scout.

“I want to be an Eagle Scout because it gives a leadership role, and it shows I have worked forward to achieve something greater and it shows that I can help younger generations coming up,” Wolfe said.

According to the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, only 47.6% of Liberia’s population of those over the age of 15 can read and write.

“I think it’s good because you need to help people around the world and it’s not just our problems, there’s multiple problems around the world, so I think it’s good that we are trying to help out,” said Lydea Snarr, freshman who assisted Wolfe with counting books.   

Liberia’s resources have been so low due to two Civil Wars that have lasted for 14 years, from 1989-2003, according to

“For me, it wasn’t about helping Liberia – it was about helping people,” said Jennifer Parrott, Spanish teacher and Student Council adviser.  “It doesn’t matter to me where they are from, but rather just helping those less fortunate or those in need.”

Wolfe is helping out Kick for Christ, an organization founded by Leo Gibson, a Liberian KC Comet soccer player, that is building a library to provide reading books to those in Liberia.

“I decided to do a book drive so I could help out the person I’m working with, Leo Gibson,  because he’s helping out with soccer and he’s helped me on and off the field,” Wolfe said.  

While Advanced Journalism, a class filled with the Warrior yearbook and the Tribe Times newspaper staffs, won the competition, many other classes came close and brought in a lot of books.

“I have a Spanish II class during 1B and we collected over 160 books,” Parrott said.  

The winning class brought over 400 books and won a pizza party.

“I think Liam was surprised at how successful it was,” Parrott said. “He had set a goal to collect 200 books – we surpassed that the first day!”

Many count the book drive as a success and according to Liam, a lot of people helped out to make this possible.

“I think any cause can be successful if you’re passionate about it,” Parrott said.  “Liam’s passion for his project showed, and therefore led more people to support it.”

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