Campus book drive to benefit Africa schools

11/26/2008 | By: Jon Fortenbury  |

A book drive on the University campus for underprivileged schools in Africa will be going on until Dec. 20. Book drop-offs are located in the Canada Hall Pit, the Brushfire Office in room 330 of the Joe Crowley Student Union or through appointment.

“If we’re privileged here then I think we should be able to help people around the world that don’t have the resources and money that we do,” said Ashley Hennefer, event organizer.

Any textbook in usable condition will be accepted. Better World Books, the organization that Hennefer sends the books to, distributes the books to the neediest areas around the world, benefiting students of all ages.

“I think everyone has the right to an education,” Hennefer said.

Using Better World Books, Hennefer plans on doing a different kind of book drive next semester. If anyone has books other than textbooks to donate, she’ll accept them now and use them toward next semester’s book drive. Hennefer will also accept money donations which she’ll use towards buying books for the book drive.

Sponsored by Canada Hall, the Brushfire Literature & Art Journal and the AGA (Art for Global Action) Project, the book drive is only one in many things Hennefer does for the campus and the world. A junior majoring in English-literature, Hennefer is also a community assistant in Canada Hall, the editor of Brushfire and the founder of the AGA Project.

For more information or to set up an appointment to drop off books, contact Ashley Hennefer at (775) 790-4920 or by email at


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