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DeKalb fifth-grader collects books for migrant children

April 2015
DeKalb fifth-grader collects books for migrant children

Sanjeev Anand is a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Fernbank Elementary who collected 452 books between October and December 22, 2015 to give to children of migrant families working on Georgia's farms.

"There are so many kids working in the fields instead of going to school and having fun," Sanjeev said.

Sanjeev's grandmother Usha Raghavan had moved from India to the United States and showed him a documentary about migrant families so that he would understand more about poverty.

Both his grandmother and mother, Priya Srinivasan, helped him with book drives. Telamon Corporation runs a Head Start Program for Georgia's migrant and seasonal workers and will help get the books to their intended recipients. In fact, the books will help adults in the families learn to read, as well as the children.

Sanjeev is continuing his project; between December and March he collected over 1,400 more books. His goal is to collect and donate 10,000 books, new or gently used, for children ages 0-8 years. If you would like to help, you can contact him at urag57@gmail.com.

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