Back in 2017, SchoolBOX partnered with the Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation (NAN) to build a new library and learning space in their community. Bernice Major, a member of NAN, has shaped the vision of the library/learning centre and has been a continual advocate for literacy and learning in her community. Our team was excited to visit the learning centre and most importantly, bring a new shipment of books from Good Mind Reads, the book supplier for the NAN library.
(Left: Driving into Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation – Right: Library & Learning Centre building)
It was a first time visiting Niisaachewan, for our social media manager Rochelle, and she was eager and excited to participate in the unboxing of new books and building of shelves. “It felt like Christmas!”, she said, “Even though none of these books are for me, I know the excitement of holding a new book for the first time and it’s a magical thing.”
(Rochelle helping load boxes from Good Minds to take to the library)
Our team also brought along two high school students, Mikayla and Kiera, who volunteered their time and in doing so were able to complete some of their community service hours! Kiera, who you might have read about before, has been a key player in bringing our Waubaskang library to life, continues to be a leader in her community. Miigwetch to Mikayla and Kiera for your hard work!
(Mikayla and Kiera)
We had all hands on deck as our team needed to build five new shelves and unbox hundreds of books and organize them on shelves. Bernice Major, the library and learning centre lead, was there with her children and we even had her son helping organize. It truly was a team effort.
It was a successful journey. Fives shelves and hundreds of books later, the NAN library and learning centre was fully stocked with new books just in time for Christmas! SchoolBOX’s continued partnership with communities like NAN and leaders like Bernice, is the main reason we able to continue to “Make Education Possible”!