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Making a difference one book at a time

Junior and senior Somerset High School student council representatives worked at the Books for Africa warehouse recently unloading, sorting and organizing books that will be sent to schools and libraries in Africa. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
This group from Somerset High School volunteered for a day at the Books for Africa warehouse in St. Paul. (From left) Adam Marty, Carrie Kulibert, chaperone Jenna Oman, Nicole Tetzlaff, Tayva Strom, Heather Hartwick, John Siggens and advisor Jen Grambort Sutton. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Each year during the holidays, the Somerset High School Student Council tries to do a drive and donation of some sort to a charity. They select the charity that they focus on.

This year, the focus was an on organization called Books for Africa, with headquarters in St. Paul. Adam Marty, a senior student council representative, along with Hannah Rosentreter, contacted the organization to make arrangements for the drive and delivery of the books.

After communicating back and forth, the student council decided this would be an excellent organization to work with.

Over the course of the holiday season, the students collected more than 1,000 pounds of books. They were collected and displayed for the school to see prior to leaving for their winter break.

The junior and senior student council representatives, along with advisor Jen Grambort Sutton, went to the Books for Africa warehouse for a day recently and organized and sorted books, along with meeting some great people.

The volunteers at the warehouse explained the process and the students found out their books would be in schools and libraries around Africa within the coming weeks. It was such a great experience for everyone involved in the process.

Thanks again for everyone’s participation and willingness to donate to such a great cause.

Submitted by student council advisor Jen Grambort Sutton

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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