Phi Theta Kappa organizes book drive

By Casey Heinisch/cheinisch@citycollegenews.com
Opinion Editor

The end of the semester is drawing near, and students will have to decide what to do with their textbooks. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has organized a drive on campus called Books for Africa to help with that decision.

The drive is collecting donated books and textbooks that will be sold and the profits will be sent to help struggling parts of Africa. This program offers an alternative to the buyback program offered by the campus bookstore, giving students a chance to do something good with their old textbooks.

“Last semester I got 25 dollars for my 200 hundred dollar Biology book. I was so mad. I might as well have given it away anyway, so why not donate it?”  Kayla Johnson said.

The drive is being maintained by PTK, but they are just the on-campus facilitators. The organization behind the drive is Better World Books. The way that the drive works is that books are collected from bins placed around campus, which then are collected by PTK and sent to Better World Books. Better World Books gives PTK one dollar per book, making it a fundraising effort for the club.

The books are then sold, and profits are given to help impoverished areas in Africa such as Senegal, Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The money raised helps build schools, build libraries and buy books.

The drive lasts all semester and students are encouraged to donate as much as they can.  This drive not only extends to textbooks but books of any kind. However, literature, science, history and books on computers are the primary focus of the drive.

“By donating these books we are making a huge contribution to ourselves personally and socially for the environment. We get the opportunity to keep these books out of landfills and save trees by reselling donated books at discounted prices,” said Maceo Jones, Director of Public Relations for PTK.

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