Many thanks to the volunteers who turned out over the weekend to help load shipping containers with used school furniture headed to impoverished students in Honduras.
On June 18, about 30 people helped load two shipping containers with old desks, chairs, cabinets, chalkboards and other fixtures from Conestoga Elementary School under a partnership between Penn Manor and Central America Relief Efforts.
Two days earlier, 33 volunteers helped break down the furniture to prepare it for shipping. The furniture is being replaced as part of a renovation project under way at Conestoga.
This was the fourth time the school district has donated old furniture to the nonprofit group, which builds schools in impoverished areas of Honduras.
The partnership began five years ago when Penn Manor 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.
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.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make this project possible!