Donations of books are being accepted to help supply Sonrise Christian High School Library in Ghana, Africa. Sonrise primary and high school were started by Ray and Cam Boatright, with Sulphur Springs Church of Christ as the oversight congregation.
Sonrise Christian "High" School in Ho, Ghana, West Africa is a fully-functional, established, highly-ranked and fully-government-accredited High School in the Volta Region of Ghana. It was established to provide a secondary Christian education opportunity for the graduates of Sonrise (elementary) Christian School who are on track to ultimately achieve a university-level education.
Buildings and infrastructure are gradually added as donated funds become available, but all operational expenses are fully supplied by the tuition paid by the hundreds of students who attend.
Last summer, the Boatrights and League Street Church of Christ asked for funds to help expand the high school. The credibility of the school continues to grow. The alumni help set goals for the group. Sonrise competed in sports and scholastic competitions and was identified as one of the top three school in the Volta Region of Ghana.
“Last year, we completed our Home Economics Building and PTA has started building the decorative wall across the road frontage of the 16 acre site, at there own expense. There is a lot of progress,” said Ray Boatright.
Currently, a 500 student capacity dining hall is being constructed, although a bit slower than hoped due to rains. A large electric generator was purchased to supply the entire campus when the local power fails, which according to Boatright is quite often.
“The difference the school has made is tremendous. We have had a large percentage of our students graduate with scores that will let them go on to higher education,” said Boatright. “We give a best student award to our two top students $700 for top and $300 for the runner-up. All of our teaching staff are university graduates. Our math teacher, three years ago, came to the USA and went to OCU and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in electrical engineering.”
In May, 219 students graduated from Sonrise Christian High School, the largest graduating class at the school.
This summer, the Boatrights and League Street Church of Christ are asking for book donations to help stock the Sonrise Christian High School’s library.
“The library is only sparsely supplied with books, and this effort is designed to make a huge improvement in the overall quality and quantity of the books available to the students at no expense to the school.
English-language books should be those which are appropriate for high school students in a Christian teaching environment. All academic subjects are sought, including all levels of high school mathematics, sciences, world (not American) history, foreign language instruction, literature, novels of all 'appropriate' genres, art and technology.
Particularly useful would be the following types of books:
- High school physics, chemistry and biology
- High school mathematics and advanced mathematics
- High school English — Grammar, comprehension, etc.
- High school accounting, management and cost accounting books as well as high school economics
- High school literature books
- General high school level reading materials including fictional and non-fictional books
- Old Readers Digests
- Books on the New and the Old Testament —commentaries, analysis, etc.
- High school level French
- Some history and geography
- SAT preparation books
- Monetary donations will also be accepted to help pay the expected $1,000 in estimated shipping costs to send the books to Africa.
To make a book or monetary donation or for more information, contact League Street Church of Christ at 903-885-1531, Cam Boatright at 903-335-0273 or Ray Boatright at 903-335-0274.
For more information about Sonrise Christian High School, including newsletters and photos of the latest graduates, award winners and other school activities, go online to www.sonriseghana.org or the “sonriseghana” Facebook page.
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