This semester a management class in USU’s Huntsman School of Business created a service project intending to gather 1000 books for Cache Valley non-profits. Next week “Books For Hope” will culminate with the distribution of nearly 4,000 books to the Family Research and Information Center, the Whittier Community Center and the English Language Center of Cache Valley. It started when David Herman divided his Management 3110 class into teams of 10. CEO of the group that eventually came up with “Books For Hope” is Tom Williams. “The idea was to apply the lessons we have learned in organization, teamwork, leadership and planning to come up with our own unique project,” said Williams. Deciding on a book drive, the group formed partnerships with the Cache Valley Reading Council and the Logan City Youth Council and set about placing drop boxes throughout Logan. Williams said donations were made at a steady pace throughout March and a door-to-door drive the last Saturday of the month was very successful. “Speaking for our group, this has been a great learning exercise,” said Williams. “It has been a good experience and has turned out to be very worthwhile.” Katie Jensen, co-director of the English Language Center with Rhonda Kingsford, said their center will benefit from the book drive. “We’re excited to receive these books,” said Jensen, “and so appreciative of the people who have put in hours collecting them and also the generosity of the whole community for taking part in the drive. “We will have a use for every book we receive because here we teach English to adults from all over the world. We teach more than 1000 students each year. “We serve people from more than 92 different countries who come here not only to learn English but to learn basic life skills such as finding housing, getting and keeping a job, finding a family doctor. Things that you need to survive in a community.” Jensen said the ELC is also the refugee case management site for Cache Valley and she said those individuals will also benefit from the donated books.
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