Students Help Distribute Thousands of Books
Students at USAO roll up their sleeves for volunteer projects like Books for Tots, a charity managed by students and faculty at the university that puts thousands of books in the hands of children across Oklahoma.
In Dec. 2007, the organization distributed more than 6,300 new books to Oklahoma children in 14 Oklahoma counties, as well as more than 700 used books to organizations serving children.
For the 13th year in a row, the Student National Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi at USAO spearheaded Books For Tots. Books for Tots has provided more than 41,000 new books for area children.
“In addition to the new books, there have been thousands of used books donated to organizations that include Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Grady Memorial Hospital, Santa’s Workshop, Southwest Youth and Family Services, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Department of Human Services,” said Dr. Jeanne Mather, professor of education and founder of Books for Tots.
“Books for Tots does more than provide books to needy children. It demonstrates the caring, compassionate nature of people. Thus, the goals of the project are to promote reading, give children the joy of having a book of their own, teach and hopefully instill the value of altruism and community service in our children and, in short, make a difference in the lives of children.
“Seeing children engrossed in good books – laughing, crying, learning new information or just using their imagination -- is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, there are children in our communities who seldom get the opportunity to experience the adventure of reading a book they can call their own.
“All cash donations are spent on the children in the community. The students and faculty at the university all work on a volunteer basis with SNEA absorbing the printing costs. There are no administrative costs,” Mather said.
Donations can be sent to Dr. Jeanne Mather, USAO Education Department, 1727 West Alabama, Chickasha, Okla. 73018. Checks should be made out to the USAO Foundation – Books for Tots.