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WSA Students Set to Collect Books for Africa

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West Sound Academy students, parents, and staff are collecting books this September to send to readers in Africa.  This is an all-school service project, in response to the two summer reading books,What is the What by Dave Eggers andThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.  Book donations will be collected in the advocates' rooms.  Money donations (to help pay for shipping costs) will be accepted in the library.  Donated books will be shipped to the Books for Africa (BFA) warehouse in the USA, and then BFA will ship the books to Africa and distribute them to where they're most needed.  Donations will be accepted through September 29, 2011.

Books For Africa accepts:

  • 15 years old or newer popular fiction and nonfiction reading books (paperback and hard cover) - gently used and relevant to an African reader.
  • 1996 or newer publishing date primary, secondary, and college textbooks (paperback and hard cover).
  • 1996 or newer reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries.
  • 1996 or newer publishing date medical, nursing, IT, and law books.
  • Bibles are sent when requested by African recipients.
  • School/office supplies--paper, pencils, pens, wall charts, maps, etc.

Books For Africa does NOT accept:

  • Magazines or journals of any kind.
  • Home decorating books, wedding books, or cookbooks.
  • Ethnocentric books, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln or the history of Washington.
  • Foreign language books except for French books.  French novels and dictionaries are welcome.
  • American history or civics.
  • Music books for Kindergarten through 12th grade.