Potter inspires book drive
Posted March 28, 2008
Troy Doolittle
Sophomore Kyle Kaili did more than donate his old textbooks to the Campus Activity Board’s Harry Potter Book Drive; the books he gave came all the way from Hawaii. Kaili told his mother, who lives on the island of Kaua’i, about the book drive and she sent Kaili a package that included a few novels to be donated. The drive was held as part of activities during Harry Potter Week.

During Harry Potter Week, the Campus Activities Board held a book drive contest in the residence halls to get students to donate books to give to charity.

“We wanted to do something that Harry Potter would do on campus in providing for a good cause,” CAB member Erika Barajas said.

The theme of the massive book drive was “Which House Will Rule?”

Each residence hall was given a special Potter-themed name.

Brandt was named Gryffindor (lions), Stu-Han was Hufflepuff (badger) and the Oaks was Slytherin (serpent).

A book donation bin was set up in Leo’s Den for the commuters, named the Ravenclaws (eagle), who fly in and out of La Verne for classes.

“My mom is a teacher and had a lot of books to donate,” sophomore broadcast major Priscilla Segura said. “I think it is a great idea, especially donating books to kids who are less fortunate to have them.”
Many of the books are donated to schools and other non-profit organizations.

They will go to children who are in hospital situations, crisis or left homeless from natural disasters

“We wanted to have an event that would do good for charity work and make it fun for students to be involved,” Barajas said. “The goal is for the house that gets the most books to donate will get the most points and win the contest.”

Books will also be distributed to staff at churches, hospitals, local police, firefighters or aid and relief workers to distribute the books directly to the children.

“Many of the books that are in demand are children’s books because there are many people who cannot afford reading materials and have limited supply in shelters,” CAB Chair Michelle Ajemian said.

There is also a demand for math, physics, English books and other learning materials, which are donated to Africa and other developing countries.

The Campus Activities Board has previously held charitable events for a variety of other charities.

“I think our most successful donation drive was when we donated anything you didn’t need or didn’t want anymore, such as books, clothes and even food,” Barajas said. “It is really great as well for students to come together in supporting others in need.”

Students became more interested in the book drive, looking for old books from childhood they no longer use, asking family members to find books that they didn’t read anymore and donating books that cannot be resold at the bookstore.

The book drive also prompted students to get more involved. Some students had no idea that they could even give books away for charity or knew that there was such a need for books for others, especially children who could not afford them.

“I was not aware that there was a book drive but knowing it is for a good cause I am going to bring in books to donate,” junior psychology major Alan Weinreb said.

Even though some students participated in the book drive there was not as many students donating as expected.

Students donated 10,000 books during the 2006 Greek week which was way more than this year,” Barajas said. “We hope students will donate more in the next book drive.’

If you did not get to participate in the book drive contest or get a chance to drop off your books, you can contact CAB for any information regarding your books and where you can donate them.

Jennifer Kitzmann can be reached at jkitzmann@ulv.edu


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