MOUNT OLIVE – The Alpha Epsilon Lambda chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at University of Mount Olive collected nearly 100 books in two weeks for their first ever Better World Book Drive. “This was our first time organizing a book drive,” said Gianea Bennett, president of the MOC Sigma Tau Delta chapter. “We owe a lot of thanks to everyone who helped us. Every book collected will make a difference in someone’s life.”
Better World Books is an organization dedicated to helping the environment by recycling books and donating them to literacy partners who need them. Better World Books has converted more than 58 million books into over $10.4 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, they’ve also diverted more than 40,000 tons of books from landfills.
The organization that Better World Books will donate to on behalf of Sigma Tau Delta is the National Center for Family Literacy or NCFL. The NCFL's mission is to create a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family. Through groundbreaking initiatives, NCFL fuels life improvement for the nation's most disadvantaged children and parents. More than 1 million families throughout the country have made positive educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL's work, which includes training more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of volunteers.
“Sigma Tau Delta plans to continue organizing Better World Book Drive’s in the future,” Bennet said. “In the fall, we would like to try this again a little earlier on in the semester, and hopefully, collect more books to donate to a good cause.”
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.