Roselle Students Embrace Literacy, Generosity On Make A Difference Day

ROSELLE – Students at Grace Wilday Junior High School are giving the gift of reading, thanks to some help from Barnes and Noble and the Global Literacy Project.

Barnes and Noble recently donated thousands of books to the Global Literacy Project, which in turn donated 450 new books to Grace Wilday. On Oct. 23, the school’s students took turns coming to the library to choose one of the donated books.


Instead of keeping the books for themselves, they were encouraged to give them away to a family member or someone else close to them who is just beginning to read. Each student wrote a note the recipient of their book, explaining why they were receiving the book and why reading is important.

The program was coordinated by ESL Teacher Ruth Sezer and was part of Grace Wilday’s “Make a Difference Day,” which encourages students to be good citizens and active members of their community.

This year’s Make a Difference Day was meant to stimulate young reader’s minds and allow Grace Wilday students to see what it feels like to give the gift of reading to younger children. By showing younger readers the ways reading can expand their horizons, the Grace Wilday students gained a deeper appreciation for reading and charity.

“Our Make a Difference Day book giveaway was a huge success,” said Grace Wilday Principal Reginald Mirthil. “It was so well received by the students that we hope to start a Global Literacy Project Reading Club here this year.”

This is the second straight year that the Global Literacy Project donated books to Grace Wilday. Last year’s donation of 800 books allowed Grace Wilday to open a student library and media center.

Roselle Students Embrace Literacy
Grace Wilday Junior High School students in Roselle receive free books to give away to young readers courtesy of the Global Literacy Project. From left to right: Grace Wilday 7th Grader Kaylah Vaughn, 12, Principal Mr. Reginald Mirthil and Emeka Akaezuwa of the Global Literacy Project.

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