Grey Nun Academy Students Support Books for Africa Program

More Than 2500 Pounds of Books Shipped To Rural School Libraries, Orphanages, Community Resource Centers, and Adult Literacy Centers

August 18, 2016 -- Yardley, PA -- Grey Nun Academy (GNA), the Catholic, independent elementary school in Bucks County, PA, is pleased to announce that its students recently shipped more than 2,500 pounds of books to supportBooks for Africa, a global non-profit initiative with the goal of ending the book famine in Africa. A Grey Nun Academy student video was created to capture the essence of the collective effort in gratitude to all of those who helped with this initiative.

Books were collected in the spring as a student community service initiative overseen by Jeri Fox, Campus Ministry Director. This charitable outreach involved the entire school community throughout the spring and summer, and culminated in early August when hundreds of books were collected, sorted, and shipped by students at The Academy. Their total amounted to over two pallets for shipping, and will be distributed to multiple locations in Africa to students of all ages through rural school libraries, orphanages, community resource centers and adult literacy centers.

“We are grateful to our entire Grey Nun Academy community for their generosity regarding this worthy cause,” said Jeri Fox. “The cooperation and outpouring of support from our students, staff, and parents was truly remarkable. The success of this effort will help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa.”

“Grey Nun Academy is continually mindful of educating the entire child, mind, heart, body and spirit and propelling our students out into the world as emissaries of faith and proponents of doing good,” said Head of School Deborah Kost. “Our Books for Africa charitable effort represents an example of how our students are guided to be mindful of the needs of those less fortunate and coincides with our mission to spread light into this world through compassion and stewardship.”

Grey Nun Academy began a relationship with Books For Africa a few years ago to spread the mission of learning and support to those throughout the world with fewer resources and opportunities. This year’s effort marked the conclusion of one of several humanitarian efforts that are conducted annually and are grounded in the mission of the Academy.

“This effort will help other girls and boys, men and women, throughout Africa to gain greater access to learning. Many of these books will fill once-empty library shelves in rural schools and go directly in the hands of children who may never have held a book, children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible,” continued Mrs. Kost. “We believe that literacy and education are vital and represent a bridge from misery to hope that will help illuminate ways to eradicate poverty for generations of children throughout the African continent.”

The Books for Africa organization represents the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 35 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. For more on this program, please

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About Grey Nun Academy

Founded in 1963 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Grey Nun Academy is the Catholic; independent, co-educational elementary school in Bucks County, PA for children in grades PreK3 through Grade Eight. The Academy's mission is to offer an academically rich curriculum that meets the unique needs of individual students while respecting the rights, interests, and dignity of each child. Grey Nun Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and dually accredited by Middle States Association and AdvancED. The Academy welcomes children of all faiths and cultures. The school's educational process leads children to embrace and promote peace and social justice in our world. To learn more, please visit