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Reach Out book sale to benefit children locally and in Dominican Republic

19 November 2012 No Comment


Children from the local region and a school in the Dominican Republic will benefit from a book sale hosted next week by a Shippensburg University student organization.

Reach Out, an Honors service-learning project that provides educational materials and curriculum to Pathways of Learning School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will host its second annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in room 119 of the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building on the university campus.

All proceeds will go toward the group’s effort in Dominican Republic. Students in the organization will travel to Pathways of Learning School in January to fulfill the mission.

Reach Out’s inaugural book sale last year became its biggest fundraiser in its three-year existence. About $2,400 was raised – double the amount of money raised in any other Reach Out fundraiser before or since, said organizer Gretchen Pierce.

“We’re able to put it toward school supplies or travel expenses, construction of the school, it kind of just goes into a big pot,” she added.

Many items will cost $1, but prices will vary depending on the book.

Books will be available for all ages, but the sale is primarily for educational children’s books. Selections for children will be sorted into reading levels to make it easier for customers to find what they are looking for, Pierce said.

The books were collected from a number of sources, but the majority of them came from a bookstore where an alumna worked over the summers while in her hometown, Pierce said.

“They just donate all of these used books that they can’t use at their own store,” she said.

Pierce believes the many SU students majoring in elementary education have helped the book sale achieve success.

“Apparently when someone starts teaching in the public school system they have to buy their own books for the classroom,” she said. “(The book sale) is a way for students to get what they need.”
Amber South can be reached at asouth@publicopinionnews.com and 262-4771.

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