SAAC To Hold Book Drive Thursday

Feb. 21, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will hold its third-annual book drive at the Bulldog women's basketball game against the University of San Diego this Thursday, Feb. 22. The GU SAAC will team up with Page Ahead to hold the book drive starting at 7:00 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children books to the east concourse on Thursday. For each book donated, fans will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win great prizes. The prizes, which will be raffled off throughout the game against the Toreros, feature two courtside tickets to one men's basketball game next season, two sets of baseball tickets to the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, an autographed basketball by the men's basketball team, an autographed basketball by the women's basketball team, a Ronny Turiaf replica jersey, and more prizes. Fans can also give cash donations to the book drive, which will also enter them into the raffle.

The Zag book drive has collected nearly 2,000 books over the past two years. Last year, the drive collected 1,350 books that were donated to children in the Spokane area.

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.

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