Monday, December 10, 2007

Books for Africa Campaign - donate YOUR BOOKS to a worthy cause

Can't get any $ for your books?...Donate them to the Books for Africa Campaign!

Students from The University of Alabama School of Social Work student organizations, namely, The Social Work Association for Cultural Awareness and Phi Alpha, and the UA Chapter of the Mortar Board, a national honorary society, are taking part in the national "Books for Africa" literacy movement and collecting textbooks to help college-age students in countries across Africa.

This campaign began on December 3rd and will end on December 15th. The book drive will resume on January 7 th and end on January 11th.

The UA students are collecting college textbooks of any subject that are no more than five years old to send to students in African countries.

The national book-collecting campaign was started by three Notre Dame graduates who collected textbooks on their campus to help pay for their education. After realizing that their idea could assist needy college-age students in other regions of the world, they created the company Better World Books. Better World books works with four different regions of the world. They have sent more than 500,000 books overseas since 2002 and have donated more than $1 million in additional revenue to the countries that are receiving the books.

These student organizations have set up collection points across campus. UA students are encouraged to donate textbooks that they are not selling back or keeping.

Collection boxes are currently located in the Ferguson Center, Tutwiler Hall, Reese Phifer Hall, Little Hall, Doster Hall, Farrah Hall, Alston Hall, Bidgood Hall, Ten Hoor Hall, Gravels Hall, Gordon Palmer Hall, Garland Hall, H.M. Comer Hall, Shelby Hall, Riverside, Lakeside, Ridgecrest, Off Campus Book Store, and the Alabama Book Store.

If you have any questions about Books for Africa, please contact:
Dylan Whisenhunt:
Vicky Carter:

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