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Many of you know of Jane Kurtz as an author, and of her work with 
Ethiopia Reads - an organization dedicated to putting books 
(sometimes the first one ever) into the hands of children in 
Ethiopia.  Jane and her brother Chris led a group of educators to 
Ethiopia this past summer where they worked with Ethiopian educators 
to develop a culture of literacy so they could share books with the 
children they work with.

Jane's essay about the trip and workshops have now been posted on her 
website  Much about the country and the 
project can be gleaned from the essay - - I was astounded to read 
that children in some Ethiopian schools wait "patiently for one of 
three pencils in the classroom."  Anyway  I think you might enjoy 
reading about the trip -- and browsing Jane's reorganized website. 
There is a link to the new essay from Jane's website's homepage.

Sharron McElmeel
Sharron L. McElmeel

McBookwords (a literacy organization)

Instructor - University of Wisconsin-Stout
Children's Literature in the Reading Program
Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program

3000 N Center Point Rd
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411-9548

ph. (319) 393-2562
fax (319) 393-4749 (If line is busy, initiate a voice call and ask 
that the line be made available for a fax transmission.)

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