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Announcing The Books for Bylas Elementary School Summer Challenge!
The relatively new Mt. Turnbull Elementary School in Bylas, a small community on the eastern side of the San Carlos Apache Reservation, lacks the budget for books to stock their shelves in the library. There is a need for books for reading levels up to grade five (appropriate for ages 5-13).
Bylas is a community with many challenges. The average income is low, and unemployment is high. Few parents read to their children at home. Getting a solid educational foundation is a major key to success in life for the school children there. However, they need the tools to enable then to learn. Providing library books will be one way we can help.
All Saints issues the following challenge to the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona churches: We would love it if every church in the Arizona Diocese could send at least one large “If it fits, it ships” USPS Priority Mail box filled with children’s books over the summer before Labor Day. This will allow the librarian time to catalog and shelve the books in time for the new school year.
If you plan to send more than one box, please space your mailings to allow the librarian time to get the books processed and hopefully not overwhelm her.
Books need not be new, but they need to be in good condition. You may find books at yard sales or in thrift shops or even among your own shelves at home, as well as in stores.
All Saints requests that congregations who wish to send books ship them directly to the school at the following address:
Mt. Turnbull Elementary School
P.O. Box 100
Bylas, AZ 85530
Finally, we would love to hear from congregations who send books. Please take a picture of the book donors with the books, we will post it on our web site and on Facebook. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to see every church represented in this challenge. Thank you for your help!
Those with musical ability are a welcome feature of All Saints worship services, providing special musical interludes during services, when appropriate, as well as preludes to the order of worship, and often providing a musical "welcome mat" for those arriving early on Sunday mornings.
Cantors Bob O'Neill and Devin Gillespie are featured in rendering the Psalms, as vocals, and instrumental music is provided by pianist Pat Gelbach, organist Gwen Lewis, Devin Gillespie and McKay Keith, cello; and Ken Lee, who can handle the standard six-string and bass four-string guitars.
Rudy Dalpra fills in the gaps, playing favorite hymns on the organ, "by ear"
The group invites anyone with a musical talent, to join in!