The BLV team made their first visit to Tien Hiep Junior High School on January 18, 2017 to deliver the book donation to the students. The school held a ceremony and BLV volunteers taught English classes for the students.
One month later, on the 20th of February, the team visited the school again to view the book libraries and interview potential scholarship recipients at the school. The books were placed on shelves in each of the classrooms, and they were still in great condition.
The headmaster of the school set rules for how the students were to treat the books, and it was clear that they were being well-maintained. The students spoke fondly about the books and it seemed that they were definitely being put to use. According to the vice principal, they have already noticed a difference in some of the students’ marks since receiving the books.
One student spoke about how the reference books have already proved helpful to him in his math and literature courses. The variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction, has allowed the students to have access to both academic and recreational reading material. Overall, it appeared to be a great start to an effective program to engage students in reading more frequently.