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November 5, 2008 > MHS Leo Club builds 2 African Libraries

MHS Leo Club builds 2 African Libraries

Submitted By Milpitas Host Lions

The members of the Milpitas High School Leo Club, under the student leadership of co-Presidents Bruce Tayag and Omair Khan, and with the guidance of their faculty advisor, Lion Diane Kung, recently completed a Book Drive to create two Libraries in the countries of Swaziland, and the Kingdom of Lesotho, Africa. The project was part of the "African Library Project" organized by Chris Bradshaw and Chris Bradshaw's family in Portola Valley, California .

The students collected over 2,000 books, and will be sorting and packing them for shipment to Africa on November 15. They are currently trying to raise over $1,000 in funds to pay the costs of getting them there. The African students and teachers, who will receive the books, currently have very few books and eagerly await their arrival. Due to the primitive state of communications there, they will not likely learn of the books' impending arrival until they get there, and will likely be unable to communicate their gratitude back to the students at MHS.

The Leo Club is an opportunity for secondary school students to learn leadership by gaining experience working on service projects for their community, being mentored along the way by Lions and other adult advisors. The word Leo itself, besides invoking the image of a young lion, means Leadership, Experience and Opportunity.

The Leo Club received $100 donations towards their fundraiser from each of the following electoral candidates: Pete McHugh, Dave Cortese, and Otto Lee. Councilwoman Debbie Giordano donated the use of her moving truck to transport the books to a storage facility donated by Shapell Homes.

"Our community has truly come together to help these most impressive young future leaders. The impact of what our local youth have done on the lives of the students of these African villages will be so immense that we can hardly fully appreciate it" said Irene Whiteside, Lions District Leo Advisor.

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