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The grade 8 class at Sandringham High needed to read Anne Frank’s “A Young Girl’s Diary”, but accessing copies was proving difficult. Thanks to a donation from the Angel Network, all 200 students will have access to a copy for school.


Johannesburg, South Africa (31 May 2024) – Sandringham High School in North-East Johannesburg set new reading for the Grade 8 class but they needed to find the money to purchase the 200 books needed for the grade. The Angel Network rallied its suppoters and was able to help the school purchase 200 copies of Anne Frank’s “A Young Girl’s Diary”.

The school has limited resources and many of these are directed at supporting the higher grades through the final years of education. Wanting to give the Grade 8 class something new to learn, the English Department started looking into adding Anne Frank’s “A Young Girl’s Diary” to this year’s reading list.

The school didn’t have the funds to make the purchase so the Angel Network stepped in to support this endeavor. They rallied support and raised R33,500 which has been used to purchase the books. The funds were raised in a matter of days

The English Department and all the supporting teams were blown away by the generosity of the speedy donation. Andrew, who helps the non-profit OLICO support Sandringham High School, reached out to share his thanks. He also shared that this donation will not only support the grade 8 class this year, but many of the incoming classes in years to come.

“Thanks to the support of the Angel Network, each of our Grade 8 learners will begin next term with their own copy of A Young Girl’s Diary by Anne Frank for use this year. This will not only help learners deepen their English comprehension but will introduce them to the remarkable and poignant story of this young girl during some of humanity’s darkest days. It’s a story we must never forget and the themes of hopes and fears and responses to challenges resonates in its own way in contemporary South Africa.

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.

The books will remain the property of the school and be used for countless new grade 8 groups coming through the school for years to come.

With deepest gratitude,
Andrew from OLICO (a non-profit organisation supporting Sandringham High School).”

Sometimes we get bogged down in the education stats and wonder what we can do to change it. And sometimes, its as simple as making sure a school has access to the books they need for their school year.

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