SC State’s Student Government Association Wants Community to Help Spread the Joy of Reading

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Book DriveSC State University’s Student Government Association (SGA) is on a mission to heighten literacy among elementary students in the city of Orangeburg. Beginning today, Jan. 24, 2011, the SGA will officially kick-off its children’s book drive, collecting new or gently used reading books for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We recognize that literacy and reading are very important to our community,” says Russell Simon, SGA business manager and coordinator of the book drive initiative. “The Orangeburg community has been very good to SC State University, especially the Student Government Association, so we want to give back to our community, as well as promote education, by donating children’s books to all of the public local elementary schools here in Orangeburg.”

Simon says that during the book drive, which will continue through Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, the SGA will encourage everyone to provide support as they strive to reach their goal of collecting 1,000 books.  “Not only do we seek support from our University family to include students, faculty, staff and alumni, but community members and organizations as well.  We will also recognize the organization that donates the most books,” he says.

On March 2, 2011, during Dr. Seuss: Read Across America Day, members of the SGA will present the donated books to seven elementary schools in Orangeburg. As part of their presentations, SGA president, Anthony Beckett, and Miss SC State University, Ashley Graham, will take part in reading a story to the youth groups at each elementary school.

“During this initiative, we hope to relay to the students that it is cool to be smart and get an education,” says Beckett. “We want to make such an impact that the students will want to pick up a book and read and continue reading.”

To support the SGA children’s book drive initiative, donors may drop off books in designated bins, located in the J.W. Washington Dining Hall on the campus of SC State, or mail them to: SC State University, SGA Office, P.O. Box 7594, Orangeburg, S.C., 29117. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For more information, contact Russell Simon at (803) 516-4712, or via email at