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Help Fill The Library Shelves For Our Student Friends In Uganda

A Fundraising drive has started to stock the bare shelves of the library at the Discovery Centre in Uganda.

All students are being asked to help with the effort to fill the empty shelves with text books so that the students can progress with their studies.

Librarian Amy McKay who going to Uganda with Sixth Form students Chrissie Moore and Sophie Allen next month, said: "At the moment the centre has a library but there are no books on the shelves.

 "Teacher Kirsty Farrar, who visited two years ago, met a bright teenager who had been studying A Level English for four years because he could not get hold of the set texts.

"Stories like that are so sad and we want to make sure that a lack of books is not a barrier to learning for the students at the Discovery Centre."

The aim is to raise a total of £4,000. The librarian will shop for books when she is out there to save shipping hundreds of books over.

She said: "We will be led by what the staff at the Discovery centre want, but we would like to first concentrate on academic text books and then picture books."

To raise funds Amy has set an inter form challenge and asked students to come up with interesting ways of raising the cash. A family limbo competition is being organised by one student and a race night is also being held tonight at the Grampian Club in Corby at 7.30pm.

For every £2 raised a book token will be generated and displayed on the Book-O-Meter in the library.

This will be the third visit by a CBA cohort to the Ugandan centre.

The international link was first set up in 2009 after CBA linked up with Northamptonshire based Christian charity Adventure Projects Trust which helps runs the Discovery Centre.The centre is an residential resource which was set up in 1994 in response to the AIDS situation in the country.

Now each year two CBA Sixth Formers plus a member of staff go on the 4,000 mile journey to the African country to take part in the four day Sixth Form conference and also experience a taste of Ugandan life.