Books for Katrina-hit New Orleans Schools
May 25, 2011
One of the tragic legacies of Hurricane Katrina was that it left more than 80 percent of New Orleans schools damaged. And in the worst hit parts of town, so many books were destroyed, that books average only 1 per 300 children
So now some are stepping in to fill the NOLA book deficit. Earlier this week, on her third-to-last broadcast, television personality and bookselling goddess Oprah Winfrey organized a huge book drive
for underprivileged kids nationwide. The 20,000 audience members attending the screening donated more than 25,000 books, earmarking more than 1,100 to be sent to the kids at the KIPP Believe College Preparatory Academy in New Orleans (a video about which appeared on the broadcast).
(the organization that helped organize the wildly successful Paper Cranes for Japan
project which we wrote about here
), is conducting what it calls an Epic Book Drive
. Organizers are encouraging schools around the country to collect used books, which they can ship free of charge to New Orleans and to be placed in school libraries. If you’re interested in participating, act fast, as the school that collects the most books by June 15, will win a $1000 donation to its school library, and a free pizza party for the entire school.
So far, more than 2.2 million books have been pledged!