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Second annual book sale raises over $3000 for school

By Dan Agarkov
Published: June 2010

The second annual used book sale took place between May 25 and 27 to raise money for programs that help with literacy in Newton schools.

A huge success, the sale raised $3000 both to help the literacy initiative and act as an affordable source of books for South students and teachers.

English Department Head Brian Baron came up with the idea to host a youth book sale two years ago. The PTSO, in conjunction with the English department, planned and organized the event, setting the price of paperbacks at $1 each, and hardcovers at $2.

According to volunteer Patrice Wilson, last year’s goal was to raise $400, but the final total came out to $2400.

Although that success set a high bar, this year’s totals surpassed last year’s; by May 26, one day before the end of the event, the book sale had already raised $2600.

South families helped out by donating used books two weeks prior to the sale in a pod provided by Pods of New England, a company that rents out storage devices.

As books accumulated in the pod, volunteers had to work every day to keep them organized. At one point, there was such a high volume of donated books that the organizers were forced to shut down the pods for two days in order to give volunteers time to organize and sort books.

According to Wilson, however, the book sale was easier to run this year because of the experience gained from running last year’s sale.
There are several uses for books that are not sold by the end of the book sale. The PTSO donates unsold children’s books to Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School to be used in a summer literacy initiative. Remaining books are picked up by the for-profit book re-use company Got Books and are sent to servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan through the company’s Books for Troops program.

This year, unlike last year, teachers were given a preview of the book sale a day before the official start of the sale, and had the opportunity to pick up a free book.

Junior Melanie Rucinski, who purchased four books at the book sale, enjoyed the event and believes it is beneficial for the community.

“I think that it’s worth keeping as an annual event, Rucinski said, adding that the only possible improvement for next year is to hold it in a larger area, such as Cutler Commons. “It was really hard to move around in such a small space, especially because there were so many people and everyone has backpacks.

In addition to used books, over 200 copies of the school-wide summer reading book This I Believe 2 were sold at discounted prices.

“[The book sale] is a great way to help out the community in several different ways, Wilson said. “At once, we are helping to promote literacy, recycle books and donate to the military.

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