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Circle K collecting used textbooks

Released: 12/21/2005

LSU Alexandria students are handing over their used textbooks to help children in Africa.

The LSUA Circle K organization is leading the textbook drive as part of Circle K International’s “Books for Africa” program, which is designed to end the book famine in Africa. The drive began this semester and will continue throughout the school year. So far, the LSU Alexandria Circle K has collected more than 10 boxes of books.

Many of the books that students are donating are those deemed of “no value” at the end of each semester when professors adopt new versions. Circle K encourages everyone to rescue these no-value books from the trash and donate them to this higher cause.

A significant number of the donated books are loaded into sea containers and shipped to students in Africa. The other books are converted into cash donations that are used to cover the costly shipping fees to Africa and to purchase children’s books. For more information on “Books for Africa,” visit www.booksforafrica.org.

In Spring 2005, LSUA Circle K International collected more than 600 books from students and employees to help restore Sri Lanka schools damaged by the tsunami.

Collection boxes are located in the LSU Alexandria Student Center Lobby, Coughlin Hall, the Science Building and outside the TLC Lab above the bookstore. Circle K International also will pick up your donations. Please contact Circle K at 767-2604 or by e-mail at CircleK@lsua.edu.