Highlands Rotary collects books for the World

Rotarians ship books to Africa as an International Project

Monday, August 21, with the cooperation of Ms. Dorie Butterworth of Crosby ISD textbook procurement (at right) Highlands Rotary Club members Sam Al Rasheed, Charley Ward, president Johnny Gaeke, Robert Woodall, and past President Steve Miller loaded up eight 4‘x4‘x4‘ pallets of old text books to ship to Africa, along with 13 pallets with Baytown.

HIGHLANDS/CROSBY – Local Rotarians are providing the means to answer the literacy needs for impoverished areas throughout the world.
With the ideal that the rest of the world does not have many of the advantages we tend to take for granted in this country, several local Texas Rotary Districts undertook a project to collect books and ship them to places of need.
According to Johnny Gaeke, “This project started out as a joint project with the Baytown Rotary and Goose Creek Schools. We are promised at least six pallets from Baytown right now. This wonderfull project has snowballed. The books are taken to a Houston Shipping Facility owned by a Rotarian, from there they will accumulate until they have enough for a shipping container and them ship them to South Africa. There they will be turned over to Rotarians to be distributed to where they are needed in small villages. Everything is used, even the Shipping Container. Once they are distributed the containers are turned into libraries and classrooms. Our main focus on this end is procuring the books. Our only cost is a little time and effort to accumulate and deliver to the locations.”