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    OCTOBER 28, 2004
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Book drive collects 22,000 books for Philadelphia schools

The Fox School collected 22,000 books during a book drive for the Philadelphia school system. Above (left to right), marketing senior Julia Lloyd, Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat, economics senior and Fox School College Council president Ben Cross, and marketing sophomore Ryan Cherlin place specially designed plates on the books.

Many Philadelphia school students come from homes where having a personal
library of books is just not affordable. To increase the access of
Philadelphia school children to books, and to honor James E. Nevels, chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission and recipient of the 2004 Fox School of Business and Management Musser Award, The Fox School's College Council and Alumni Association have collected more than 22,000 books during the monthlong Food for Thought Book Drive. The books were presented to Nevels at the Musser Excellence in Leadership Award dinner on Oct. 27.

Ben Cross, president of The Fox School College Council, said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the book drive. Due to the enthusiasm shown by students and friends of The Fox School, donations quickly began to exceed expectations.

From the collection, The Fox School has pledged to provide at least one book for each of the 2,000 students in the Temple Partnership Schools, as well as books for other Philadelphia schoolchildren.

"This project has been a team effort," Cross said. "We couldn't have done it without the support of The Fox School's 24 student professional organizations and the numerous libraries, individuals and organizations throughout the Philadelphia area that helped make this book drive a success."

Many of the books were donated by The First Book National Book Bank in Washington, D.C. Cross and College Council secretary Rupal Patel picked up the books, and Fox School students then worked throughout the day and night to unload the books and mark them with special bookplates. The bookplates bear the College Council logo and a quote from Winston Churchill: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

Laura Weis