Hughes Middle School and Longfellow Elementary Host Used-Book Drive Saturday

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Hughes Middle School and Longfellow Elementary will team up with Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (Goodwill SOLAC), to host a community Used-Book Drive for America Recycles Day on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Books can be dropped off at Longfellow Elementary School. The event will be held on the school playground: enter on California Avenue, between Bixby and Roosevelt Roads.

The event slogan is “Recycling Begins with Reuse – Help an Old Book Reach a New Reader.” According to the EPA, more than 2 billion books are published each year. Once read, many of these books will sit unused for years on shelves, or in boxes in attics, closets, and basements. Many others will ultimately end up in landfills as part of the municipal waste stream. Hughes and Longfellow schools invite the Long Beach community to donate books to their America Recycles Book Drive. The books will be collected for Goodwill SOLAC’s e-books program which sells books on Amazon to support education, skills training and job placement services for individuals with barriers to employment and other disabilities. The e-books program brings in as much as $1000 per day for Goodwill training and services. Your donation of books not only puts reading material into new hands, but it also helps create new local jobs. Last year, Goodwill provided services for more than 8,348 people, trained 1,777 and placed 243 people in competitive employment.

America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year in November communities across the country host thousands of local events ranging from electronics collections and document shredding events to plastic bag collections and recycled art shows. Hughes and Longfellow schools have chosen a used book drive as their America Recycles event for three reasons: 1) to encourage and celebrate reading for people of all ages; 2) to remind Long Beach that recycling begins with reuse; and 3) to benefit the programs of Goodwill SOLAC.

Hughes Middle School and Longfellow Elementary have active Green Team environmental programs made up of middle and elementary school students, teachers, and parents, who volunteer their time to green their respective campus through recycling, waste reduction programs, and water-wise landscaping projects.

The community Used-Book Drive for America Recycles Day is Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. at Longfellow Elementary School 3800 Olive Ave, LB, 90807.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Dalena Cortez at Goodwill at 562-435-3411, ext. 285, Heather Morrison, Longfellow Green Team Adviser, or Hughes Green Team Adviser, Cathy Procopio at 562-989-0970.

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