Volunteers needed for Honduras furniture project

Volunteers are need June 16 and 18 for a project to provide used school furniture to students in Honduras.

Penn Manor is partnering with Central America Relief Efforts to donate old desks, cabinets, chalkboards and other furnishings from Conestoga Elementary School to the nonprofit group, which builds schools in impoverished areas of Honduras.

This will be the fourth time Penn Manor has donated furniture in partnership with CARE.

On June 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m., volunteers are needed to disassemble furniture for shipping. Participants are asked to bring power drivers with Phillips head and hex/Allen bits.

On June 18, beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will load the furniture onto shipping containers.

Adults and children of middle school age or older are welcome to participate. To sign up, please contact Chris Johnston, Penn Manor business manager, at chris.johnston@pennmanor.net.

The partnership with CARE began five years ago when the district donated used furniture from Central Manor Elementary School to a school in La Laguna de San Antonio de Padua, Honduras.

In 2014, Penn Manor High School’s Young Humanitarian Club raised $2,000 for construction of a second school in Los Ranchos de Esquimay, Honduras. And last year, Penn Manor donated old desks, chairs and cabinets from Pequea Elementary and the former Hambright Elementary for schools in Javier Soriano.

According to Johnston, the used furniture has little or no value on the resale market, and the district would have to pay someone to remove and store it. By donating the materials to CARE, the district is assuring they will be put to good use in one of the poorest regions of one of Central America’s poorest countries.

Please consider helping out with this worthwhile project!

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