Campus book drive to benefit Robinson Center

Author: Shannon Roddel


A used book drive underway at the University of Notre Dame will support tutoring programs at the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), as well as literacy non-profit organizations around the world.

Text book drop boxes provided by Better World Books, a Notre Dame alumni-run social enterprise started in 2001, are located in residence halls and will remain in classroom buildings around campus through Commencement Weekend (May 18).

This critical funding from the sale of used books supports educational programming for Robinson Center youths,said Jay Caponigro, RCLC director.Proceeds pay for staff to supervise tutoring and mentoring programs.More than 250 volunteers participate in initiatives that directly reach hundreds of children in more than 20 schools throughout South Bend.

The RCLC is a community-driven education center sponsored by Notre Dame.It offers a number of programs and activities sponsored by local agencies and organizations, including health education and screenings, GED and English-as-a-second-language classes, childrens programming, youth tutoring and after-school programs. It also features a Computer Teaching and Learning Center, which is equipped with 20 computers and provides instruction and Internet and e-mail access.

Better World Books conducts used book drives at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.The books are shipped to a warehouse in Mishawaka, where employees sort and sell them online.The company donates all of its profits to literacy charities, supporting dozens of non-profits in the U.S. and three global partners.

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