"We originally planned to
start small this year and make plans for a larger drive next year. But the program
just took off and we ended up exceeding all our expectations."
-- Josh Shepherd,
who helped organize
the UK College of
in the book drive
19, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) More than 800 books
were donated to the first Books for Children charitable book drive through the efforts of
University of Kentucky student organizations and the enthusiastic participation of a
Lexington middle school.
The drive, sponsored
by the UK College of Education Coalition of Student Organizations and the UK Athletics
Student Advisory Council, ended last Wednesday afternoon at Bryan Station Traditional
Event organizers were pleased with the public
response to the Books for Children program. We
originally planned to start small this year and make plans for a larger drive next year. But the program just took off and we ended up
exceeding all our expectations, said Josh Shepherd, who helped organize the College
of Education Student Organizations part in the program.
collection bins were placed in key locations across campus.
The deadline for those donations was scheduled for Dec. 1, although there
were several donations made after the deadline had passed.
Weisberg, director of licensing with UK Athletics, led the Athletics Department's effort
and also provided Books for Children substantial promotional support. Just before the Dec. 5 UK basketball game against
Eastern Kentucky University, students from the UK Athletics Department and the College of
Education set up donation sites in the lobby area of Rupp Arena. The UK Basketball Museum offered reduced admission
prices in return for donated books.
Another significant contribution to the program came
from an unexpected source. Kim Plomske,
reading specialist at Bryan Station Traditional Magnet School, contacted Weisberg and
Shepherd while the drive was under way to inform
them of Bryan Stations plan to have a contest between classrooms to see which could
attract the most books.
class, teacher Marty Dixons first-hour class, collected 155 books; in second place
was eighth-grade teacher Carol Callebs class that collected 138 books. Overall, the students of Bryan Station Traditional
Magnet donated more than 500 books to the Books for Children drive.
for their outstanding participation, the two winning classes will be treated to a pizza
party with the UK Wildcat mascot in January. Students
also will receive posters of UK athletic teams.