College French Class Creates Special Children’s Books For Schools In Haiti

College French Class Creates Special Children’s Books For Schools In Haiti

The need to help people is evident, especially when it comes to children, and for a group of students at the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, that sentiment is strong.

According to USA Today, a French class at RMC started an initiative deemed Little French Books in order to provide children’s books for an underprivileged school in Haiti. The campaign, led by professor Jennifer Shotwell, is put in place to help the children of Haiti be able to fluently speak French, the language required for students to advance in school in Haiti.

On the Kickstarter campaign that exceeded it’s goal by $1,000, Professor Shotwell states, “My students have an opportunity to use the [French] language in a unique way by writing children’s books. Though some learners don’t think they can produce much with a new language, my students are learning to express themselves and create entertaining stories that we ultimately share with disadvantaged children who are also learning French.”

In a translation provided by USA Today, teacher Gardy Myrtil at St. Gabriel’s (the school where the books were donated) says, “Each time a child gets into a new book, he will no doubt obtain good knowledge and new understanding.”

Take a moment to appreciate Professor Jennifer Shotwell and the students at Randolph-Macon College for making a difference in the world. Bravo! See a video recap above.


  • Jennifer Shotwell
    August 29, 2015

    Jason, thanks so much for helping us celebrate the positive impact of our book creation and donation! My students at Randolph-Macon, and my friend Zach Neumann, a fellow French teacher, deserve all the credit…they provided the inspiration for this project! We are expanding our book production to help even more children in need in Haiti, and maybe eventually those in additional francophone countries where literacy rates are low, too. I welcome comments and ideas at Thanks again!

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