November 25, 2013
As part of the Saint Francis Honors Program experience, honors students annually participate in a service project. Routinely, the students choose to run a book drive with Better World Books and donate the proceeds from the drive to charity.
This year's students wanted to carry on the book drive tradition. They knew that for each book donated and sold by Better World Books they would receive about 50 cents per book (books that Better World is unable to sell are donated to Africa or to a literary cause). Past honors students usually netted between $200-$300 to donate to a charity; this group wanted to top that amount. During the past summer the students, including Amanda Johnson, a biology major, tirelessly asked for and collected books. The group was able to raise the largest amount of donated books ever to receive a record total of $1,331.00 to give to a good cause.
The group chose to contribute the money to the university's Dorothy Day Center, an outreach provider that serves four local counties (Blair, Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset). In addition to providing food donations, the center contributes clothing, furniture, appliances, and financial assistance in times of crisis to economically disadvantaged families. The center relies mainly on donations from the local community to be able to help others.
The Dorothy Day staff was humbled and delighted when Johnson (above) pictured with Brother Martin Zatsick and Mary Adams stopped by to present the check.