Old LMS math textbooks find new home in Africa
Loveland Middle School (LMS) has partnered with Kamanjab Combined School in Namibia, Africa, to donate LMS math textbooks that are no longer being used. The donation idea originated from a trip LMS Teacher Carol Huxhold took to Namibia to visit her daughter who is working there with the Peace Corps.
“My daughter has been teaching English as a foreign language to students in grades five, six, seven and eight in Kamanjab, Namibia for nearly two years,” said Huxhold. “Through her I found out the students there were in need of textbooks, and due to our new math curriculum the LMS textbooks were no longer being used. I suggested the idea to Mr. Burke who fully supported the donation.”
Huxhold has incorporated the donation as a way to also teach her students at LMS.
“With regard to the textbooks, students have helped to count the books and figure out how many boxes we would need to ship the books,” said Huxhold. “I have also created multi-cultural lessons for my students from my own experience of traveling to Namibia to visit my daughter. A number of our LMS students are now e-mail pals with some of my daughter’s students. This provides students with a meaningful purpose for writing, plus they get to learn about another culture by communicating with someone in another country.”
Huxhold said she hopes more than anything her students see the value in reusing materials like textbooks that are very much needed by the students in Namibia.
“There are approximately five different languages spoken by the students in Namibia, however, all their content courses are taught in English. Having math textbooks in English will help reinforce learning the language. Finally, by providing these resources to the teachers they will be able to provide better instruction for their students and in turn improve their lives for the future.”
Huxhold is currently working to raise money to cover the textbook shipping cost. You can donate Monday, see a photo of the school and some of the children at the school by visiting http://www.gofundme.com/mni8qc.
Photo caption: Students who attend Kamanjab Combined School in Namibia, Africa.