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Book drive looking for help

Do you remember a book that you loved as a child? Do you like the idea of helping less fortunate kids? Do you need to fulfill some community-service requirements?

If so, have I got a deal for you!

The annual Books For Kids drive needs your help. Last year, seven high schools collected thousands of books and quite a bit of cash to help a great program that gives books to some of the neediest kids in Western New York.

In the next few weeks, we're hoping to get more high school kids involved in running book drives at their schools. Schools involved last year were Canisius, City Honors, Amherst High, St. Joe's Collegiate, Nardin, Holy Angels and Buffalo Seminary. A captain in each school organized a drive for new books or cash donations. In some schools, kids were motivated to contribute by extra credit, dress-down days, or raffles.

This year, we want to double the number of high schools involved. We need volunteers to be captains.

It's especially important because of a terrible event that happened last summer. Project Flight, the organization that runs Books for Kids, experienced a major flood at its book bank at Buffalo State College. Hundreds of thousands of books were destroyed. So the need is greater than ever.

High school students who would like to help may e-mail Buffalo News Promotions Director Cindy Sterner at csterner@buffnews.com or call her at 849-5525. We'll be getting the new volunteers together at a meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. March 21 in the first-floor auditorium at The News to plan this year's drives.

Alex Anzalone is a senior at Canisius High and founder of the Books for Kids High School Coalition.

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