Posted by admin on 05.25.2007 at 12:44 pm
Melanie Brooks, the Publications Coordinator at the UMaine Bookstore in Orono just wrote up this great article about the store’s partnership with CASA (Central American Service Association), a student group dedicated to helping communities in Honduras :
The University Bookstore has been involved with Better World Books for two years, helping CASA raise over $3,600. Better World Books is a positive alternative to throwing away books that have little to no value at buyback.
Many bookstores across the country see Better World Books as competition, but not us. Better World Books sells books online that UMaine students can’t use – and a portion of that sale helps to benefit CASA.
“I love the fact that our bookstore at University of Maine has a great relationship with Better World Books . It is such a great organization. We all can benefit from it. Being part of the book drive helps CASA achieve our financial goals for Honduras . It’s just amazing what simple steps of recycling can mean to a community and the environment,” says Danijela Krsmanovic, UMaine sophomore and president of CASA.
The University of Maine bookstore spends a great deal of energy to partner with different organizations on campus that have an altruistic motive. Better World Books is just one example of how student organizations and the University Bookstore successfully work together to promote awareness and community relations.
While the bookstore collects the books, it’s really CASA that does all the work. They come to collect the books in boxes we provide and ship them out on their own. For very little work on our end we get rid of unwanted books and help out a wonderful student organization at the same time. If only everything could be this easy!
Many thanks to Melanie Brooks, David Hazen, Bill Hockensmith, Marisa Schrock and all of the bookstore staff for their wonderful help & participation! Also, huge thanks to Danijela Krsmanovic (that’s her in the photo below!), Amber Gallant, Kathleen March, Emin Okutan and all of the CASA & Alpha Kappa Psi students who have helped spread the word, pack up books & make the book drive a great success! The books collected in their drive not only help CASA, but also make great positive impact on our Latin American literacy partner, Worldfund, helping them fund high-quality education for impoverished children.
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Posted by admin on 05.25.2007 at 12:28 pm
A joint report by the UNAIDS/UNFPA/UNIFEM confirms the importance of educating girls. The reports states that:
“Education is key to an effective response to HIV/AIDS. Studies show that educated women are more likely to know how to prevent HIV infection, to delay sexual activity and to take measures to protect themselves.”
Moreover, educated girls can transform an entire community. Go to the following link http://www.unfpa.org/hiv/women/report/chapter5.html to find out how educated women can empower themselves and others.
Additionally, this graph shows the stark difference between the prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection among Ugandan girls who are educated and those who are not.
Source: De Walque and J Whitworth, MRC Uganda (2002)
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Posted by Jack on 05.25.2007 at 12:06 pm
Excitement is in the air! Exams are ending, computers and clothes are getting moved back home and gowns with matching hats are being worn around campus and (in the Northeast) all of this is happening in the much missed sunlight. What’s also happening on campus in all the hugs and packing? Better World Books. On over 1000 campuses students are going to bookstores and when they can’t get those books sold back they are putting them in donation boxes, and bookstores are packing cartons with books with new editions. Everyday I get an email from a school either saying “we have 75 cartons to ship” or “we have 10 cartons to ship” or my favorite: “I’ve heard about your program and we’d love to work with you next semester!”
This is the best time of the year, for many people the culmination of 4+ years of hard work. But amidst all the excitement it’s important to remember the people who make all of this possible. As for me I’m thankful for those students and teachers and bookstore managers who have stayed with us through the years, the students just starting and making time to do the right thing, and my own coworkers for making my job one that I enjoy and can do with pride.
Regardless of where you are today, drop those books off, pick up the phone and thank Mom and Dad, and good luck to all of you. Have a great summer!
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Posted by admin on 05.23.2007 at 5:35 pm
You may not have picked up South Africa’s biggest paper today, but a lot of people did. Better World Books got a nice long mention in a story today in the Mail & Guardian about education.
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Posted by admin on 05.10.2007 at 5:23 am
A great picture of some of our Phi Theta Kappa graduates that made the Book Drives for Better Lives Program on campus a priority!
Congratulations to all who are graduating and had it in their hearts to help others (and our environment) through the Better World Book Drives!!
Keep paying it forward!
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Posted by admin on 05.08.2007 at 2:16 pm
Early April a young man named Ido had requested more information on Better World Books. My first thought was, ‘what a neat name, where does everyone get these neat names?’ It’s a common thought for me, because I am simply an Abby surrounded by neat names like Niko, Roselle, Yanna, Silvia, and Damara…
Well, it turns out that Ido got his neat name in Israel and he was contacting me on behalf of his English class at United World College – USA , a fascinating institution with approximately 200 students from 96 countries! Ido shared my information with his instructor, Anne.
When she and the class started looking at Better World Books’ website, they were excited to see we worked with literacy programs all over the world. The students were impressed that Better World Books is a self-sustaining supporter of non-profits, and with our zero-waste book processing and environmental efforts; but when they saw it had been founded and largely run by young adults like themselves they were really excited to get involved.
Seeing this, Anne worked with them to develop theme-based English lessons centered on Better World Books’ business model and how we support our literacy partners. The students did class presentations on their home countries and the education situation there; they made posters, flyers, and handouts outlining BWB and our partners and then shared them with the campus to advertise their drive. Their project culminated with an incredibly successful book drive bringing in close to 500 books!
Anne told me later, “The thing about these students is that they’re really smart, and very committed to social change. They were very interested in the project, the business aspects, the world aspects, how we choose who gets educated in our world.” From where I’m sitting, it’s true. Thank you, thank you, thank you for finding us! You guys did a great job!
Thank you, Anas – from Jordan
Thank you, Ayano – from Japan
Thank you, Esteban – from Paraguay
Thank you, Gnagna – from Senegal
Thank you, Ido – from Israel
Thank you, Jonathan – from Guatemala
Thank you, Lina – from Colombia
Thank you, Maris – from Casta Rica
Thank you, Mobeen – from Afghanistan
Thank you, Muhammad – from Indonesia
Thank you, Octavio – from East Timor
Thank you, Oudam – from Cambodia
Thank you, Porfia – from Angola ….
And thank you,, Anne – from England!
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Posted by admin on 05.03.2007 at 12:01 pm
A brilliant student from the University of Iowa put together this screen saver. It will be the screen saver for all campus computers during finals. It is a great idea to further promote the book drive, your organization and global literacy.
Thanks for sharing Nick!
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Posted by admin on 05.03.2007 at 11:13 am
(posted by Better World Books alum, Niko Tomlinson)
My fantastic student leader at the University of Nebraska-Omaha has taken on a great challenge- collecting books all around this widely spread-out and very commuter-heavy campus and is getting all cylinders clicking! He has big ambitions and the will, motivation and dedication to make it happen!
See the article he had written up about the book drive in the UNO student paper, the Gateway, “Honors student makes charitable use of unreturnable textbooks.”
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