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SAMOA: Salesian Students Give Back by Building Libraries for Don Bosco Schools

(Samoa Observer) Don Bosco students have given back to their community in a big way – helping to build and furnish libraries for 117 Upolu primary schools.

The school’s Principal Father Chris Ford was thrilled to have his students be a part of what was a Rotary Club of Apia initiative.

As a part of the initiative Rotary donated new tools and resources so the students could complete their task to the best of their abilities.

This donation led to six fourth year students being trained by volunteers of Ashburton, Ashburton Plains, Greymouth and Riccarton Rotary Clubs to use modern power tools and other equipment in the workshop.

This training made for some impressive work with the pupils constructing more than 350 book shelves in four days.

Father Ford said he was pleased for his school to be included in the project saying that an initiative like this instills a spirit of unity in the community.

“We are thankful to Rotary Club for selecting our students to work with,” he said.

“We are happy to receive the donations and the opportunity granted to further develop the experience and skillset of our carpentry class.”

Don Bosco student Kilisi Telenise described how useful it was to have been part of this Rotary project.

“These were all new tools to us – like the cordless battery operated drills we used,” he said.

“We not only got the chance to learn how to use this new technology but also the opportunity to work outside of the classroom in a real work environment.”

The vocational training and work experience will both enhance the students’ CVs and also better their chances at finding work when they graduate.

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Written by Phaedra Moores / Samoa Observer