Students Who Serve: Roxbury’s African Library Project to Send More Than 5,000 Books Overseas

ROXBURY TWP .— The African Library Project organized by Roxbury Public Schools has collected more than 5,000 books, enough to build at least three libraries in Africa.

Yesterday, volunteers sorted books by grade level and packed boxes. Here’s a video of the packing!

The African Library Project is a non-profit organization that improves education through literacy.  A book drive organizer collects books along with the funds to ship in order to start libraries in Africa.

The collective effort from students, staff, faculty and the community has been amazing, according to drive organizer and RHS Teacher Michael Gottfried.

“The Lincoln-Roosevelt K-Kids rocked it, collecting over 1,000 books by themselves!  The students within RHS really took to this idea as well, and a competition was held between the freshman seminar classes, with the winning class being awarded a pizza party,” Mr. Gottfried said.

The final call for collections has been extended until Wednesday, May 14, to give people one last chance to donate books or monetary funds to offset shipping costs.

RHS Teacher Mr. Gottfried can be reached at for more information about the project or donations.


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