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Books for Africa participants make handmade turkeys

Teresa Choe, president of Chattahoochee High School Books for Africa, shows off her own coloring picture while working with Neha and Veer Maan. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

Shweta Bhat, a member of the Chattahoochee High School Books for Africa Club helped Merin Emmatty make a pumpkin out of construction paper. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

Alex Wilson, a junior at Chattahoochee High School, shows off her handmade pumpkin along with Julia Lim, who holds up her own coloring pages. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

Julia Lim, 9, holds up her handmade turkey project on Nov. 10 at the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library during Super Saturday. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

Neha and Riya Maan divided their time between coloring pages and arts-and-crafts projects. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)
November 28, 2012
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Chattahoochee High School members of the Books for Africa Club strode into the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Saturday, Nov. 10 with one mission in mind: make as many handmade turkeys as possible.

Now this was a bit out of normal for club members whose main interest in the club is finding books to send to students in Africa. But on this day, they were helping young readers with a Thanksgiving project, but they didn't tell the youngsters they would be probing their reading interests as well.

As the volunteers cut out strips of construction paper and lined the tables with glue, they eagerly awaited the various children to join them in their arts-and-crafts spiel.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers helped children, ages 3 to 9, make projects and color as they discussed what types of books they like to read, and what their favorite classes are at school.

When the projects were finished, volunteers took the children on a tour through the library to search for that perfect book.

Julia Lim, a fourth-grader at Ocee Elementary School, discovered she loved Judy Moody books and read one of the books to a volunteer.

As the club's president, Teresa Choe read a book to a group of children gathered.

Choe said her favorite thing about Books for Africa is the message.

"Kids tend to have this enthusiastic essence about them, and it reminds you that not everybody has the privilege to read or visit a library," Choe said, "which is exactly why I appreciate the club's purpose and the fact that we are able to provide more children with the gift of learning."

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