November 13, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Are you tired of storing your old college textbooks in the garage but you don't want to toss them in the trash?

You can donate them to Bucknell University's campus book drive Dec. 2 to 15 to benefit Worldfund, a non-profit organization working to transform lives in Latin America through high quality education.

Bucknell's Office of Service Learning, Alpha Chi Omega co-ed service fraternity, and Chi Omega sorority are organizing the book drive.

Collection bins on campus
"Persons interested in donating used college-level textbooks may place them in collection bins located at several easy-to-reach locations around Bucknell," said Doug Maynard, a Bucknell sophomore who's organizing the book drive.

"We'll have green-and-white "Book Drive" collection bins in two places in the Elaine Langone Center – the upper-level lobby and in front of the Bookstore in the lower-level lobby;  in the Bertrand Library; and at the Seventh Street Café," he said.

According to an assessment by the U.S Agency for International Development, children in the region attend school an average of only 5.4 years, and the inferior quality of education impedes the ability of Latin America to move forward economically.

"By donating your books to benefit Worldfund, you will help individuals gain the education they need to lift themselves out of poverty," said Worldfund Founder Luanne Zurlo. Books collected for Worldfund by Better World Books will be sold online to generate a sustainable stream of unrestricted funding for the organization. Nationwide book drives since fall 2006 have raised $15,000 for Worldfund's programs.

About Worldfund
The mission of Worldfund is to transform lives and reduce poverty in Latin America by supporting high-quality education for impoverished communities. Founded in 2003, Worldfund forms partnerships with schools that operate in poor communities throughout Latin America. It provides infrastructure and operating budget grants, as well as links to management and technical assistance. Based in New York, Worldfund has provided nearly $3,000,000 to educational programs and schools serving 30,000 students in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. For more information, visit worldfund.org.


About Better World Books
Better World Books capitalizes on the value of the book to fund and support literacy initiatives locally, nationally, and around the world. Organized as a for-profit social venture, Better World Books measures its success in terms of social, environmental, and economic impact. Since its founding in 2003, Better World Books has raised more than $2.3 million in funding for its non-profit literacy partners, provided more than 570,000 books for direct use, diverted in excess of 5,250 tons of books from landfills, and created more than 100 full-time jobs with full benefits at its northern Indiana warehouse. Visit www.betterworldbooks.com  

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Nov. 13, 2007

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