Are you tired of selling your books back to the bookstore for a fraction of what you paid? Then instead of dealing with the bookstore-textbook-buyback, donate your books to students in Afghanistan.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is working in conjunction with Follett, the company that manages the bookstore, to collect used textbooks to provide to Afghani college and university students.

The university is looking for books covering science, American literature and history, Shakespeare’s plays, American and English poetry, world history, and short stories. These books will be provided to students at the universties at Harat and Bamiyan in Afghanistan.

Art Petrosemolo, the associate vice president of communications for FDU is spearheading this project.

In 2006, Petrosemolo traveled to Afghanistan with Steve McCurry, who is an internationally renowned National Geographic photographer, famous for his “Afghan Girl” photo. Mr. McCurry and his sister Bonnie, a retired teacher, are both heavily involved in humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan.

Petrosemolo is working with Bonnie McCurry to gather students’ used textbooks and take them to Afghanistan where they will be put to good use.

The books will be sent to Bonnie McCurry and the students via the United Nations.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, an independent, international news organization, reported back in 2001, that the Taliban had destroyed the University of Bamiyan.

Bamiyan is a very remote place and there is an incredible shortage of textbooks for college students.

So, instead of selling your used textbooks this semester, why not give them to our Afghan colleagues?
Simply sign and insert a book label (which will be provided for you to sign) into each textbook and send them on their way.

Published in the May 1, 2008 Issue.

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