What better charter sponsor for Project Schoolhouse than a company committed to extending the life of books – one of our most precious commodities in our quest to improve learning and literacy in the communities we work in.
“Our schools are in remote villages with minimal government support. Even a small library is a luxury. Having CoLibrì there to cover our books means that what we’ve started will last. In a region with heavy rainfall most of the year, CoLibrì’s advanced covering process adds tremendous value.” said Tab Barker, Project Schoolhouse Executive Director.
Volunteer and Project Schoolhouse Board Member Selina Serna recounted the adventure: “Many of the schools have no road to them, so we hiked the CoLibrì System up muddy hills and through rivers. We also brought a generator because the schools have no electricity. The effort paid off as soon as the children gathered around as we presented their new library books. We covered every book and then many of the kids’s workbooks. Two of the older students were so fascinated by the machine, they took over the covering process.” She continued, “The children learned that books are valuable. We protected each book, treating it with respect, so the students did the same.”
Steve Orlando, CEO of CoLibrì’s North American operations said, “Project Schoolhouse’s mission of “building foundations for eager minds” is right in line with what we and our customers believe in. In a place without computers and televisions, books provide the only way to explore new places, discover history and create previously unimagined possibilities.”
The Project Schoolhouse / CoLibrì Cover Systems partnership is a long term commitment which includes a corporate sponsorship component, book covering machines and CoLibrì covers at Project Schoolhouse locations in Nicaragua, and volunteer hours.
“This reminded us all what treasures books are, especially for those that have so few. What Project Schoolhouse and CoLibrì have done is just the first chapter of a very exciting story about to unfold.” said Barker. Orlando agreed, “Our team and our customers are proud of what we are doing. It feels good sharing what you’re good at with those that need it most.”
Check out CoLibrì’s revolutionary book covering system on their website at: www.colibriusa.com