SAAC Book Drive Collects More Than 1,350 Books

Jan. 30, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee book drive centered around the Bulldogs women's basketball game with the University of Portland resulted in the collection of more than 1,350 books that will be donated to children in the Spokane area. For the second straight year, the GU SAAC has teamed up with Page Ahead to hold a book drive in conjunction with a Gonzaga women's basketball game. Last year more than 650 books were donated to the cause. This season that number was doubled along with case donations of $107 that will be put towards the purchase of new children's books. A season-high crowd of 2,582 fans watched as the Bulldogs knocked off Portland, 67-60, to improve to 5-2 in the West Coast Conference.

Founded in 1990, Page Ahead focuses on improving the reading and language skills of at-risk children thereby increasing their overall literacy skills. To date Page Ahead has distributed more than a million books to more than 360,000 children in need.

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