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USMH students, staff collect books for Africa

June 01, 2012
  • Helping with packing donated books into a truck bound for Georgia are, from left, Mark Rini-Stevens, University System of Maryland-Hagerstown maintenance mechanic; Toni Tracey, Towson University nursing department administrative assistant; Mindy Haluska, TU faculty; Tyree Morrison, TU faculty; Hannah Bradley, TU nursing student and USMH student council vice-president; Kathy Rabon, TU faculty; and Judy Breitenbach, TU faculty.
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The Towson University nursing program and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown Student Council organized a building-wide collection drive for Books for Africa.

Books for Africa is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent.

Mike Pittinger, TU student and student council president, spearheaded this humanitarian project, with the assistance of TU student and student council vice-president, Hannah Bradley. Tyree Morrison, Towson faculty member, and Judy Breitenbach, nursing program coordinator, served as advisors.

Books were donated by several universities at USMH, and then packaged for shipment to the Books for Africa warehouse in Georgia.

Hearty Pet, a local retailer, also assisted with the donation of shipping materials.

The end result was the collection of 900 pounds of textbooks, Breitenbach said.

Additionally, several bake sales were held at USMH to finance the shipment to Georgia before shipping to Africa.

In addition, the nursing society made a monetary contribution.

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