Linda Nesbitt (left) donates books for Putnam Rotary to WVSU's Sandra Orr.<
Putnam Rotarians at their noon luncheon today gave an immediate and overwhelimg response to a call for library books in a New Zealand school.
The books are part of a "Teaming to Teach" project through Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia State University where students have studied the Maori culture and the school system of New Zealand during the past semester.
As part of a special grant from Freuhaff Foundation, students from the two schools have worked together on community service projects at Piedmont Elementary in Charleston and Middle Creek Elementary near Wheeling.
In May, the students will travel to the Tahiti Coastal School near the Maori Cultural Center in New Zealand. While there, they will spend a day on a community service project and two days shadowing teachers.
Rotarian Linda Nesbitt announced today that the Tahiti Coastal School had requested books to be donated to the school library as part of the project. Books about West Virginia or by West Virginia writers are preferred.
In response to Nesbitt's request, the Rotary Club donated fourteen books for the Tahiti Coastal School to be presented in May with other materials through West Virginia State and Wheeling Jesuit.
A realtor with Old Colony/GMAC and a former teacher, Nesbitt has been a strong advocate of literacy and learning in the Putnam community.