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ACCC and Absegami High Collecting Books for African Village

April 3, 2008

The faculty, students and staff from all three Atlantic Cape Community College campuses and Absegami High School are conducting a book drive for Atorkor, a small fishing village in Ghana, Africa. Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Atsu-Swanzy started the drive for a library in his village.

Last year, ACCC collected about 2,000 books and other educational materials. This year's drive is titled "Give More for Atorkor." This year, the Absegami High School Black Cultural Interest Club has joined ACCC to help collect educational materials for this village on the southeastern part of Ghana on the Atlantic coast of Africa.

Individuals, families, schools, groups, government and other organizations are invited to donate educational resources. Materials may include children's books, text books, reference books and new or slightly used books for the less fortunate African villagers who do not have ready access to reading or educational material.

Donations are being accepted through mid-May at the libraries at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. There also are drop-off sites in the library and guidance office at Absegami High School, 201 S. Wrangleboro Road, Galloway.

If you wish to donate a large collection, you may contact the sponsors to assist with the delivery.

For more information, call Professor Paula Manns at (609) 343-4969, e-mail pmanns@atlantic.edu, Professor Atsu-Swanzy, (609) 343-5663, e-mail jswanzy@atlantic.edu, or leave a message at the Absegami guidance office, (609) 652-1485.