We’ve impacted over 7,000 students in Benin, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Senegal by distributing books (textbooks /activity books / supplementary reading material), providing school supplies, building libraries, awarding scholarships and various other literacy programs. The Shining Evening of Hope is Seeds of Knowledge premier fundraising activity - here, we showcase our past year's accomplishments, share our stories, and thank our donors! Come join us in celebration!


February 29, 2020


The Westin Atlanta Airport

4736 Best Rd

Atlanta, GA 30337


Early Bird Adult: TBA  Adult: TBA

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      Since 2010, we have conducted reading hour in several rural schools with over 300 handmade books written and/or illustrated by students from US Universities and high schools and elementary schools including, Kennesaw State University (KSU) (GA), University of Georgia (UGA), GA, Oglethorpe University, Emory University, Savannah State University, McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, GA, Braelinn Elementary School, Peachtree City, GA, Norcross High School, Norcross, GA, Campbell High School, Smyrna, GA,  Woodstock Academy, Woodstock, CT, Miller Grove High School, Lithonia, GA, The Heritage School, Newnan, GA and L’Alliance Française d’Atlanta, Atlanta GA. We thank the students who created and/or illustrated the books as part of service learning/community engagement projects. Our thanks also go to the teachers who oversaw the book writing project: Dr. Vainer, Mme Bray, Mme Bonn, Dr. Hoyt, Dr. McLaughlin, Mme Porto, Dr.Goehring, Mme Burke, Dr. Dimova, Mme Bouadou, Dr. Atere Roberts and Mme Alice Browning.Thanks for helping us SOW seeds of literacy, one child at a time. Merci à tous!
     In 2014 and 2019, we were fortunate to have reading hour conducted by Kennesaw State University Students who traveled to Benin as part of their study abroad/service learning trip. The children were inspired and began creating their own books! They were very grateful and will remember their exciting experience with Elsie Barthole, Christina Burke, Tenisha Carrington, Mary Coleman, Sylidia Italiano & Nicole Ward, McKinley Arnold, Angelina Koetter, Silvia Esteban, Vanessa Salazar Trujillo, Olivia Bryant, and Nicholas Fabiano. Merci à toutes!
      Books created by students in the US and in Benin are now proudly displayed on the Kennesaw State University Global Library; they can be used by anyone eager to support literacy and foreign language learning. We thank Dr. Tamara Powell and Tiffani Reardon and the Kennesaw State University Distance Learning for hosting the Global Library on its server! Merci!
To view books please click on the link below.