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PTK's ABE chapter collects books


LBW Community College students involved with the Alpha Beta Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society can be proud of their efforts in collecting donated books and, in the process, bringing in a donation to the local food bank.

Through the “Better World Books Feeds Literacy” program, LBWCC was listed in the top five performers among 73 groups participating fall semester 2012, and earned a $100 donation for the local food bank for their efforts.

“This is a worthwhile project for our PTK chapter, and we certainly appreciate all those who donated books,” said Heather Owen, LBWCC director of recruitment and chapter advisor.  “This program allowed us to help on several fronts: literacy, environmental, and our local food bank.”

According to their website, Better World Books is an online bookstore that helps fund high-impact literacy projects in the United States and around the world. In addition, the company takes pride in the environmental impact of recycling books or diverting them from landfills through reuse.

Of the 1,917 books donated through LBWCC, 591 were reused with the remaining recycled. The reuse of books is considered waste reduction. Those books are resold online with proceeds shared with partner literacy programs around the world.

Books deemed unsalable and not appropriate for donating to literacy programs are recycled, with a 97 percent yield of usable fiber.

According to Better World Books, LBWCC’s donation of recycled books weighed 1,814 pounds, saving approximately 21 trees, 7,702 gallons of water, 2,788 pounds of greenhouse gases, two cubic yards of landfill space, and 4,307 kilowatt hours of electricity.

For more information, contact Owen at 334-881-2282, or visit

Pictured are Alpha Beta Eta Chapter President Emily Townson, left, and Monet Jones.

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