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Read to Succeed program underway

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Alton Culture Club lined up for book donations at the new drop box in front of Benita's Restaurant. The Wooden drop box was made, painted and donated by Alton High School Technologies Education. Photo by Steven Looney
Members of GFWC Alton Culture Club has launched a new literacy project. The project -- Read to Succeed -- provides books to children who do not have access to books.

"We accomplish this by collecting and distributing gently used books," Project Chairman Marietta Varnell said. "No more guilt about disposing of those unwanted books."

The clubs goal is to get the books into the hands of as many children as possible through three local community organizations which have constant contact with children who need them. The distributors are the Alton Health Department, the Department of Family Services and Christo's Domestic Violence Outreach.

The Alton High School Tech class designed and built two book deposit boxes. Club members painted, lettered and polyurethaned both boxes and placed them in prominent business locations for book collections.

A member of the Alton Culture Club will go weekly to collect the books.

"We are focusing on children," Varnell said, "However, books collected for adult readers will benefit veterans at the nearest VA Hospital, victims in the local Violence Shelter and National Geographic to Missouri Girls Town.

Oregon County Sheltered Industries will receive the books that are in poor condition for shredding and recycling.

The Read to Succeed books drop boxes are located in Alton at Harp's Grocery and Benita's Restaurant.

New books for donation can be found at www.customercare@thereadingwarehouseonli....

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