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Golden Key Honour Society announces used textbook drive

RELEASED: May 10, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The Golden Key International Honour Society announces its spring semester used textbook drive. The organization will collect used textbooks through May 22 at UW-Eau Claire. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to drop off their gently used textbooks in the bins located in the lobbies of Davies Center.

After the books are collected, members of Golden Key, in collaboration with the University Bookstore, will pack and ship the books to the Better World Books organization. This effort will result in keeping books out of landfills and repurposing them in a number of ways.

Better World Books is the organization that sponsors Books for Africa. They take gently used books and sell them for profit. The funds then benefit literacy and education nonprofit organizations. Last year Better World Books accomplished the following:

  • Raised more than $80,000 for the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
  • Raised more than $1.7 million for libraries and thrift stores nationwide.
  • Contributed more than $1 million to college service clubs who have run book drives.
  • Sent more than 1 million books to Books for Africa, the National Center for Family Literacy and Feed the Children.

"This book drive is a great way for Golden Key to get involved with the community," said Paula Stuettgen, faculty adviser to Golden Key. "These students work very hard to coordinate the book drive and they really are making a difference."

More information about Better World Books and the Books for Africa drive is available online.

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