The West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education Alumni Association is striving to ensure area children have books to read this holiday season.

Partnering with the United Way for the second consecutive year, the College of Human Resources and Education Alumni Association is organizing a book drive for December 1-20 to benefit children in Monongalia, Preston and McDowell counties.

“The book drive is important to the community because it provides local social service agencies with reading material for the children they serve,” said Kelsey Lewis, Brain Under Construction Zone Coordinator for Lifebridge Americorps and the United Way. “The books can be used as a fun and educational way for children to spend their time and can even give parents an opportunity to spend time with their kids.”

New and gently used books can be donated to drop boxes at the following locations:

• Morgantown Mall
• Mountaineer Mall
• Giant Eagle at University Town Centre
• 802 Allen Hall, WVU Evansdale Campus
• All Morgantown BB&T locations
• All Morgantown Centra Bank locations

Donated books will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia, Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, Christian Help, Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center, Salvation Army, Scott’s Run Settlement House and the Shack Neighborhood House.

The College of Human Resources and Education Alumni Association expanded its efforts this year to include donations to McDowell County children through the generous support of Marshall University School of Education and Professional Development. The expansion is led by Dean Teresa Eagle, director-at-large for the WVU College of Human Resources and Education Alumni Association.

The children’s book drive coincides with the College of Human Resources and Education’s mission to enhance and improve educational opportunities across the state. Last year’s book drive totaled 430 books, and the Alumni Association hopes to exceed that count in 2011.

For more information about the book drive or the College of Human Resources and Education Alumni Association, contact alumni relations and special events coordinator Mary Beth Sickles at 304-293-3292 or


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CONTACT: Christie Zachary, Human Resources and Education