The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools is going green! The education foundation that supports the Las Virgenes Unified School District has found a unique and environmentally friendly way to raise additional funds to support the Library Media Centers that are on each campus. A large green book bin has been placed at each of their 13 school sites to collect used books, CDs and DVDs from families, the community and from the media centers as they cull their collections.
The books that are donated will be resold by American Book Drive (ABD), a company based in Southern California that specializes in redistributing used books through over 20 online-marketplaces, at festivals, book fairs and/or through $5 book stores. In fact, ABD recently opened a book store called “The Open Book” in The Oaks Mall where these books are sold. The streamlined process of collecting, sorting and reselling books allows ABD to sell these used books and raise money for our school district through The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools. Books that have no market value and cannot be sold are ground into pulp and used to create new books. This provides communities with an easy and green alternative to donate their used books, while supporting our school library media centers.
ABD covered all costs associated with building and installing the bins so there was no initial or ongoing expense incurred by the school district. The Foundation receives a minimum of $50 a month per bin placement. With 13 bins total, this equates to at least $650 per month. Once the items begin selling on the open market, The Foundation will receive an additional 20 percent of all sales (with a guaranteed minimum of $50/month).
“This program helps us deliver our mission of supporting every child at every school. Our board and volunteers work hard to ensure that every student has the resources needed to reach their highest potential,” said Deanna Glassberg, The Foundation’s president.
The district recently hired a certified library/media specialist, Tina Johnson, to oversee all school library/media centers. Tina Johnson works with each school site to ensure that the systems and the inventory are current and meet the needs of 20th century learners. “The funds raised will enhance our budget for books, media and research databases, which are needed to keep up with the changing curriculum,” said Johnson. “This program could salvage thousands of books that may have gone unused or not properly recycled.” Johnson encourages the community to use these bins when they weed their personal collection as a way to support our school libraries. For larger donations, ABD can be called to schedule a home pickup of materials.
This recent project is just one of many for The Foundation. They kicked off this school year with a family-friendly Back To School Carnival at the Whizin Marketplace, followed by their Annual Appeal and are now excitedly planning the fourth annual “The Event” which will be on June 6th at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center. To date, they have donated more than $750,000 to the district and hope to reach the $1,000,000 mark within the next year.
If you have any questions about donating books, please call Tina Johnson, Library Media Specialist for LVUSD, at [email protected].
About The Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded to unite businesses, corporations and residents throughout the Las Virgenes community to provide sustainable and consistent funding directly to the 16 public schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. For more information please visit www.TheFoundationLVS.org