After researching and becoming aware of the dire need of providing some assistance with improving the educational system in specific areas in Africa, the International Trends and Services Facet of the Pine Bluff Chapter of The Links Inc. contacted Pine Bluff Superintendent Linda Watson seeking her collaboration with donating books that are no longer in use in the Pine Bluff School District.
Additionally, an appeal was made at a luncheon sponsored by The Links to which other civic clubs were invited. Those clubs were asked to partner in the effort in gathering and transporting the books to Africa.
The Downtown Rotary Club responded with a donation of $200 toward the transportation of the books and that money was added to what was already budgeted for mailing.
More than 800 books were collected. Those books were categorized and packed in 26 boxes that are being shipped to Sierra Leone. Assisting with the transportation, also, is an agency in Tulsa, Okla., that works closely with a Rotary Club there. The chapter plans to sustain and continue this project in the next year through expanding its partnerships.
The Links Inc. is a premier international service organization of more than 12,000 women who represent various professions in 276 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
The immediate past president of the Pine Bluff Chapter is Eva McGee, and the incoming president is Bettye Wright. Carolyn Blakely chairs the International Trends and Services Facet, with facet members being Jacquelyn McCray, Eula Liddell and Ann Williams.