SAAC Book Drive Collects More Than 650 Books and $1,000

Feb. 4, 2008

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee book drive that centered around the Bulldogs women's basketball game with Santa Clara University resulted in the collection of more than 650 books that will be donated to children in the Spokane area and over $1,000. It was the fourth-straight year that the GU SAAC teamed up with Page Ahead to hold a book drive in conjunction with a Bulldog women's basketball game. The Zag book drive has now collected more than 3,500 books during its four year existence.

The $1,000 buys enough books through the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program to provide an entire elementary school with new books. These books are distributed three to five times a year at special events at which reading and learning are celebrated. At many of these events, children's authors, athletes, and entertainers talk about the value of books in their lives. Schools choose certain themes, such as diversity, and build their book distribution around these themes.

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 1.25 million books to more than 450,000 children in need.

A crowd of 1,807 fans watched as the Bulldogs knocked off the second-place Broncos 88-52 to stay perfect in the West Coast Conference at 7-0.

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