Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 14th 2017: If you’re looking for a good book to read or something different to do this summer vacation with family, you might be interested in checking out the Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, set to anchor at the Freeport Harbour in Grand Bahama, from July 29th for a week until August 6th. The Logos Hope boasts of over Five thousand affordable books for purchase, and offers a wide array of fun filled events onboard.The ship’s team met with Ian Rolle, President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority for advanced planning and discussed their upcoming visit, and the potential unique opportunities its arrival will bring to Grand Bahamians. Logos Hope project coordinator Filipe Leite, says “The crew of the Logos Hope is very unique because we are all Christians. We all believe in Jesus as our savior and we join as volunteers for the period of two or three years.”He went on to describe the organization’s motto of “bringing knowledge, help and hope” and explained their initiative to provide easy and affordable global access to literature.Logos Hope is operated by GBA (Good Books for All) Ships, an international charitable organization registered in Germany. Since its launch in 1970, the organization has welcomed over 45 million visitors in more than 150 countries worldwide.And if you want to learn more, you can visit the Facebook page, “Logos Hope visits The Bahamas.”
The National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School in Southeast D.C. raised 16 percent of the funds needed to send a new class of students to participate in an education enrichment program this school year. The program seeks to expand student horizons and open up new opportunities for them to attend college and succeed.With a goal of collecting $15,000, the school aims to send 15 students on its 2016 summer trip to Panama from May 2 – 6. Various fundraising campaigns, such as a webpage dedicated to receiving donations, a Facebook page and a partnership with Network for Good, an organization that provides donor-advised fund uses through the Internet and mobile technology, have generated $2,400 so far leaving the school with $12,600 to raise before the trip.Since its inception in 2009, the school, located at 4600 Livingston Rd. S.E., has sent academically distinguished and often underserved juniors abroad to study in South American countries such as the Dominican Republic and Panama. “International Studies has always been a part of our school’s academic design,” Dianne Brown, principal of the prep, told the AFRO. “Believing that students will be better prepared to handle the the dynamics of college education, we chose Panama as the destination because it reflects the African diaspora, uses Spanish, has an IB [International Baccalaureate] program, and is reasonable in cost.”While in Panama, students are expected to engage in an International Baccalaureate program, learn and speak Spanish, volunteer at an orphanage and or senior home, and gain a sense of curiosity and exploration for the world around them, Brown said.“We would like to have a funding source for children who believe that their economic situation would not even allow them to consider applying to our program,” she said. The school typically gives one full scholarship to a deserving student to attend the trip.In the near future, the prep would like to see an expansion of funding for their students as well as a larger scope of places for them to travel, including Africa, Italy, and Spain. “It still puzzles me that some of our children have never even seen the ocean. Teachers holding hands of juniors as they walk into the ocean is astounding. This is why we have our program, why we need educational equity. It really is the experience of a lifetime,” said Brown.Students and staff view the program as more than just an international vacation, but also a way to interest students in obtaining a college education.“After I came back from my trip to Panama, it really made me want to go to college,” De’Andre Mitchell Taylor, alum of the school and freshman at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, told the AFRO. “I saw how big the world was and I knew I had to make a difference in my community.To donate, visit tinyurl.com/NatPrepTrip.
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