Have you noticed any colorful boxes around campus, specifically in the Cherry Parkes (CP), Garretson Woodruff and Pratt (GWP), West Coast Grocery (WCG), and Russell T. Joy buildings as well as in the Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) office? If you have, did you ever wonder why those boxes have been there since the beginning of May?
You can donate any kind of book you’d like, ranging from fantasy to nonfiction to romance, even your dusty old textbook from last year.
So far, SSWO has done many different services for disadvantaged youth, poor income families, etc. and as SSWO’s President Roxanne dePeralta adds, they “wanted to help a population they hadn’t helped yet, and the native Puyallup Indians were a perfect group.”
These boxes will be awaiting your donations, just as long as the books are donated by May 22, the final day of the book drive.
These books are for the benefit of the children, teens, and young adults who attend the Puyallup Tribe’s Chief Leschi School, one of the largest Bureau of Indian Education schools in the nation funded by the Federal Bureau of Indian Education as well as by Washington State.
SSWO, the host of the event, will collect the books and give them to the students of the school who are a part of low-income families that can’t afford books.
The group is working with one of the librarians at Chief Leschi, who will take all the donations to the kids and allow them to take home whichever books they like.
They hope that these books will help the five to 18-year-old students.
The Chief Leschi School’s primary goal is to serve the educational needs of all Native Americans. The school’s population primarily consists of students within the Puyallup culture from 60 different tribes in the area. Everything about the school has been designed to honor the culture, ranging from teaching students their native Indian language to participating in their cultural dances.
With no more than 900 students in total, over half of the students there can’t afford the things we take for granted.
That’s exactly why SSWO has chosen to help them.
dePeralta says they chose to help Chief Leschi because “they have tons of disadvantaged youth, most which are poor, and if we can come together as a community to help them out it would be amazing.”
She believes that these books will help the families be engaged and learn something, since “it’s more productive for them to read than watch TV.”
Donations are open until May 22, so donate a book today.