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Just in time for Mandela Day, Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County spearheaded the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new school library in South Africa. The Langabuya School previously had a single bookcase that served as its library for its 1,000+ students, but SSDS students raised funds to purchase some 1,000 new books, which they sent overseas with personal letters stuffed inside. On July 19, SSDS representatives distributed Solar Powered Reading Lamps to the students at the Langabuya School so that students can read at night — lamps designed and built in the Schechter’s Design Thinking course.

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Schechter Design Instructor Harley Ungar explains the process of designing and building solar light boxes. Photo by Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County

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Students design and build solar light boxes. Photo by Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County

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Students design and build solar light boxes. Photo by Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County

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Students design and build solar light boxes. Photo by Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County

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