Have old books lying around that couldn't be bought back last semester? Here's an idea. Donate them to the Mortar Board senior honor society book drive. The books that are collected will be donated to the library at the Love Kitchen's new community center.
The Love Kitchen provides meals to the elderly and disadvantaged people of Knoxville and the program has been "trying to branch out of their role as serving meals for people," according to Lisa White, president of Mortar Board.
The new community center is a step toward that, said White. The center will include a computer lab once computers are donated, as well as a center to teach cooking skills to youth and adults.
The Mortar Board is a national senior honor society that invites members of the senior class who not only have a strong academic background, but also have leadership and community service experience. The Mortar Board national theme is "Reading is Leading," so Cody Hudson, a Mortar Board member, thought that donating books to the library would be a great way to do community service and act on the national theme.
According to Hudson, "I thought we had the means to help further their dream and fulfill a new community need."
White said that a box will be set up in the room 100 in Career Services at Dunford Hall starting today. Books can be dropped off until Thursday, Nov. 1.
The books that are being requested are books for children that are just learning to read, and reference books like encyclopedias and old textbooks to further the education of youth and adults.
White said that community businesses have been very supportive of the book drive. "Even local bookstores have been really generous about giving us books. Places like Borders and Barnes and Nobles have chipped in and helped us with our book drive," said White. Donating books are not the only way for people to help either. Monetary donations are accepted and students can help out at the center.
"UT students can not only give books, but hopefully they can give of their time by helping those who use the center to learn from these new resources," said Hudson.
"The project is more than collecting books, even though that is a worthy project in itself. It's also part of the idea that people need more than food to improve their situation," said White.