Munger Mountain 5th graders turn apples into books

JACKSON, Wyo. — Apples are good for more than just keeping the doctor away. This year, they’re building a library.

Fifth-graders at Munger Mountain Elementary School have decided to donate the proceeds from the annual apple sale to build a library in San Simeón in Tlaxcala, Mexico. Tlaxcala is where many of Jackson’s Latino families originate.

TCSD fifth-graders have sold Fuji apples every fall for the past 18 years to raise money for two things: to offset some of the cost of their annual Teton Science School experience, and to donate to a local, national, or international cause. Students at each school can choose the recipient(s) of the charitable funds.

This year, students sold 1,775 boxes of Fuji Apples and raised over $44,000. Fifth-graders at Munger Mountain heard a presentation from the Latino Leadership Academy about the academy’s project to construct a library in San Simeón. The students asked all the right questions: how many people will use the library? Will there just be books, or will there also be computers and games like we have here?

The students decided that day: libraries are important. They decided to help build the library in San Simeón.

“Everyone has the right to read,” said 10-year-old Tawya Ramos Rivera.

On December 20, Munger Mountain fifth-graders, teachers, librarians, and principals will present the contribution to Abras Palabras, a Mexico-based nonprofit whose mission is to create, expand, and sustain libraries. Local efforts for the library are being led by the Latino Leadership Academy.

“A library can change the future of many people,” said Cristina Briones, a member of the Latino Leadership Academy. “An education makes a community grow.

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