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Donations keep OC students reading

Barnes and Noble's book drive helps funding shortfall

The Clackamas Barnes and Noble store and customers have donated about 1,250 books at a value between $8,000 and $9,000 to Oregon City schools.

The bookstore hopes that 2,000 books will be collected the end of the holiday drive on Christmas Day.

Jan Snyder, media specialist for the Oregon City School District, has not had a book budget for more than three years in most of the elementary or middle schools.

'This is acquiring much-needed materials for all of our school libraries,' Snyder said.

Barnes and Noble, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., also partnered with the district for a store book fair that continued through last week, where Snyder and dedicated volunteers raised an additional $2,500 in cash to purchase other needed materials for the libraries, such as the award books that will be announced in January.

There was no money during the past school year to purchase the Newbery and Caldecott award-winning books. School officials were impressed by how Snyder has been heading a successful fundraising partnership with Barnes and Noble as part of the creative efforts of employees during tough financial times.

'Her efforts, and those of her comrades have been able to help make up for some of the funding shortfall in a very needed area,' said School Board Member Mike Swyter.

Snyder is also excited that students will be able to participate in the Oregon Readers Choice Award as a result of these funds. Students read the nominated books and vote on them in early April to help select the winning title in each age category, but the district has been unable to purchase the books recently.