The Penn State Brandywine Marketing and Advertising Club has been honored by the Worldwide Book Drive organization with the Bronze Book Award for its contribution of 307 books to charitable organizations. The books collected by the club will be dispersed internationally to promote global literacy.
The book drive, which was organized by the Brandywine Marketing and Advertising Club, took place throughout the month of December and collected more than 300 books that will be sent to Kenya, Fiji and Nigeria in an effort to battle worldwide illiteracy. The Worldwide Book Drive is one of the largest used book donors in the United States and provided a platform for the Marketing and Advertising Club to donate used books to charitable organizations that focus on education and learning.
Brandywine students and club executive board members senior Amanda Dzwill, of West Chester, senior Katie Kashner, of Garnet Valley, senior Amelia Klaus, of Delran, N.J. and sophomore Allison Brown, of Glen Mills, played major roles in running the drive and were elated they were able to help collect the used books for a great cause. "The Worldwide Book Drive was a perfect initiative for the Marketing and Advertising Club to be involved in because it offered us a way to get our name out to the campus while collecting books for a great cause," Co-President Amanda Dzwill said. "I was really excited about the award because it felt like all of the club's hard work and preparation for this drive had been worthwhile."
Not only did the drive provide more than 322 pounds of books for charity, it also raised funds for the club. Every book published within the last five years that was donated earned one dollar. Proceeds raised from the drive will help the campus club affiliates receive memberships to the American Marketing Association.
The Brandywine club is already planning another book drive that will take place in April and they hope to receive a higher honor. "We are so excited to be running this drive again this semester and we are hoping that this time we can get the Gold. We shoot high," said Dzwill.
For additional information about the upcoming book drive or to get involved in Brandywine's Marketing and Advertising Club, contact Amanda Dzwill at AQD5093@psu.edu.
-by Mike McDade