Damácia Howard Hopes to Top Goal of One Million Donated Books
Written by Jenna Needham
Hard to believe but Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) 8th grader and Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Queen Damácia Howard has done it again, donating 5,050 more books to the Books for Africa warehouse in Atlanta on Friday. Damácia has worked closely with this organization, donating 5,000 books last year alone.
“Damácia has set a goal of donating one million books,” said her mother, Regina Howard. “It’s going to take a lot of time, but it is something she can definitely work at. GCA provides Damácia with the schedule flexibility and strong academic foundation to accomplish her dreams. ”
Donating the books is no easy task. It involves bulk transport whenever Damácia receives a donation from the community. Often she has to transport 1,000 books at once!
“She has to transfer books from the donation site to her car and then from her car to our car,” said Regina. “It can be really tiring, especially on top of her pageant training and school.”
Damácia smiles through all of the weary moments because she knew that she is doing something to improve literacy for children in Africa.
Damácia is always happy to see the volunteers at Books for Africa and they are always happy to see her. They even wrote a supportive post for her on their Facebook page:
“This young lady, Damácia Howard, is amazing! She works constantly on behalf of Books For Africa Atlanta, doing book drives, public speaking engagements, and radio interviews as Miss Georgia Pre-Teen 2016. Thanks a million, Damácia!”
Another organization, Zambezi School Project, which also partners with Books for Africa, also had kind words for her on their Facebook page:
“America’s young people are amazing, and here’s an example!”
Regina was speechless when she saw the reactions to her daughter’s efforts.
“It is touching. As a parent, I am extremely proud!”