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UNI sophomore Presidential Scholars increase number of young bookworms

February 8, 2011

Jessica Moon, director, University Honors Program, 319-273-3175,

Meghan Orr, student, University Honors Program, 712-899-4778,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A group of UNI sophomore Presidential Scholars created a registry to increase the number of books and the literacy skills of students at Edison Elementary School in Waterloo.

The registry, which is available at University Book & Supply (UBS), includes titles Edison teachers would like added to their classroom libraries. Each book purchased and donated at UBS will contain a bookplate with the purchaser's name or organization; books can also be donated in someone's name or as a memorial.

According to UNI Presidential Scholar Meghan Orr, the goal of the project, titled An OpportUNIty to Achieve, is to provide access to a variety of reading materials to enhance achievement in young readers. "And since teachers actually request specific books for contribution to their library, this is much more than just a book drive."

In addition to donating books, UBS patrons can add a dollar to any purchase made now through April 8. These funds will be used to buy books on the registry.

A book registry kickoff event will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at UBS. For more information, contact Jessica Moon, director of the University Honors Program, at 319-273-3175 or