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Casey Robbins Returns from Liberia

Mira Loma Senior, Casey Robbins, has returned from Liberia, where she spent the President's break.

Casey had a fantastic trip, and she met with many dignitaries. She even had the honor of meeting the President, with whom she is pictured above. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf invited Casey to the Executive mansion, where she thanked Casey for her efforts on behalf of Liberia.

Casey also was able to tour the school that bears her name, as well as attend cultural events that were held in her honor. She has taken photos and we will share them with the Mira Loma Community.

If you don't know Casey's story, ever since she was an 8th grader at Churchill, she has been sending books to Liberia.   It began when she heard a radio program featuring Liberia’s Minister of Information who was discussing the country’s difficulty in recovering from a 14 year civil war.  She learned that many adults were illiterate, and for well over a decade, children had no opportunity to go to school.  The need for school supplies, books, and economic recovery was great.  “The fact that the citizens and government were working together to solve the problem with no battle for power” touched Casey’s heart and inspired her to do something.  She found the Information Minister's email address, and began a working relationship with him that endures to this day.

To date, Casey has sent over 10,000 books to Liberia, helping to educate thousands of children, and she even has a school named after her. She's learned about shipping, cargo, intermodal transportation, has encouraged large companies to donate cargo containers, and has raised money herself to pay to get these books to Liberia.   She finally has the opportunity to go see the fruits of her hard work.  She will be going to the country to meet the people she has been working with for so long, including the Minister of Education.  She also hopes to find out why there are so many customs delays and see if she can help.

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