JUNCTION CITY, KAN. – Geary County Schools USD 475 announced this week that Sheridan Elementary School would be raising funds to benefit school-aged children in Ethiopia. These funds support the efforts of local students who have worked together over the past two years to provide reading material to their Ethiopian counterparts. Last year, USD 475 publicized a writing project taken on by students at Sheridan Elementary. These students were tasked with writing a children’s book and having it published in Amharic, which is a widely used language in Ethiopia. With the help of author, Jane Kurtz, these students accomplished their goal.
“While talking with Jane Kurtz, I asked how our Sheridan book, Help, was fitting into the production of the newly created Ready, Set, Go books. She said we are going to start printing some RSG books in Ethiopia with an Ethiopian publisher, thus supporting their economy. Jane said that our book was being reformatted and if we could raise money, another 1000 books could be published this year. So, I signed up to do just that!” – Carol Settgast, Sheridan Elementary Teacher/Librarian
The public can assist in this effort by donating online at www.ethiopiareads.org and tagging the book, “Help.”
Ready, Set Go Books is an Open Hearts, Big Dreams Fund Project. OHBD is the content creator and publisher of Ready, Set, Go Books under the creative leadership of Jane Kurtz and production leadership of Steffani Stephens. OHBD is developing and providing the strategic direction for this project as well as funding. For further information, please see www.openheartsbigdreams.org and www.ethiopiareads.org.
For inquiries, please contact Matthew Droge, Executive Director of Marketing and Media Relations for Geary County Schools USD 475.