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OTTAWA STUDENTS JOIN THOUSANDS ACROSS CANADA IN SENDING SCHOOL SUPPLIES
TO AFRICA – This Valentine’s Day, students at Glebe Collegiate Institute are spreading the
love all the way to Tanzania and Senegal.
February 13 , 2008 9:00 a.m .
This Valentine’s Day, students at Ottawa’s Glebe Collegiate Institute will join some 75,000 peers in
schools across Canada to assemble kits of school supplies with personal letters to students in the
developing world. The activity is part of the Canadian organization CODE’s award-winning global
education program called Project Love.
“Project Love is a hands-on activity that helps Canadian students learn that their counterparts in other
countries don’t have the same opportunities they do,” says C. Garth Brooks, Senior Program Manager
for the Canadian Engagement Program at CODE. “By sending basic school supplies to children who
need them, Canadian students learn that they have the power to make a positive contribution to
another person’s life - and to the world.”
Media is welcome to join students as they assemble school kits and write their personal messages at
10:00 a.m., February 14th, 2008 at Glebe Collegiate Institute, 212 Glebe Avenue, Ottawa.
“Project Love makes us all feel good because we know we are contributing to the world in our own
small way, and that’s important,” says grade 10 participant, Michelle Girard.
Since Project Love’s inception in 1987, CODE has helped distribute more than 1.5 million school kits
to students in Africa and the Caribbean. This year the kits will be sent to Tanzania and Senegal.
For more information about Project Love or to find out about schools participating in the Ottawa
Program Canadian Program,
region, please call Garth Brooks, Senior Pro gram Manager for the Canadian Engagement Program, at
232- 233) 661- 233) email@example.com.
613 232- 3569 (ext. 233) or 1 800 661- 2633 (ext. 233) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can read and write, you can learn to do, and be, anything. That’s the idea behind CODE.
We work with local organizations throughout the developing world to empower children to learn. In so doing, we deliver an essential,
sustainable development solution that endures. Our programs support libraries and teacher training as well as national and local book
publishing in more than 17 languages in Africa and the Caribbean.
About Project Love
Project Love is the main component of CODE’s Canadian Engagement Program and was initiated in 1987 by a committee of CODE
volunteers in London, Ontario. Thanks to the ongoing support of students, teachers, parents and organizations across Canada; it is now a
nationally recognized program. Project Love is a proud recipient of a Flight for Freedom Literacy Award (Canada Post), and the Jennie
Mitchell Celebrate Literacy Award (International and Ontario Reading Associations).