What is the Kids to Kids Book Exchange?

It’s a community service project that Runkle School is again sponsoring to collect books to send to primary schools in East London, South Africa.   So far, we have sent a total of 42 boxes of books to the Parkside School and the A. W. Barnes School. This year, books will be sent to the Pefferville School.


A local group in East London has created a space for a library in the school, but there are only a small number of books of the shelves. Just like the Barnes and Parkside, Pefferville is a school of over 1000 students from grades 1 through 7.  With our help, the shelves won’t be so empty.

How can we help?

It’s really easy.  Just go through your books at home and look for ones you are no longer reading.  Fiction and non-fiction are both needed.  Parkside and Barnes teachers have said that the board books we sent have been particularly popular with the children in the early grades.  Our goal is to have at least 28 boxes of books to send.


Books will be collected from November 7to November 18.  There will be special boxes in each classroom for the donated books.


Can we also donate money?

Yes.  Pefferville would books that specifically support the new curriculum being taught in their school.  For every $20 donated, one new book can be purchased through a special fund set up with South Africa Partners.  South Africa Partners is the non-profit organization for whom we did one of our 100th Day Coin Drives.

Note: Checks should be made out toSouth Africa Partners and on the MEMO line write Open Books ~ Open Minds Fund.



Please note: Kids to Kids Book Exchange is not the same as the Runkle Book Swap, which is a PTO-sponsored event at the end of January.

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