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10/31/2013 7:20:00 AM
Altrusa Gives Back To Local Communities
Showing off the new book box in Ripley are (l to r) Debbie Higgins, Gloria Hesser, M.J. Seals, Nadine Olson, Cayden, Carolyn Mirales, Judy German, and Daleene Caldwell.Photo provided
Showing off the new book box in Ripley are (l to r) Debbie Higgins, Gloria Hesser, M.J. Seals, Nadine Olson, Cayden, Carolyn Mirales, Judy German, and Daleene Caldwell.

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Altusa International of Stillwater joined with other Altrusan's worldwide to participate in Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The Stillwater club focused their efforts on literacy by providing Free Library Book Boxes to the Carney and Ripley communities.

Meeting community needs and literacy is not new to Altrusa. Since 1955 the Stillwater club has been actively involved in meeting community needs through service, financial support and hands on projects. In 2009 the club started a new literacy based service project, entitled BOOKS. They have provided 5,016 books to kindergarten, first grade students and teachers in Stillwater, Perkins, Yale, Morrison, Glencoe, Coyle and Ripley elementary schools. When working with the schools they noticed a need for books for the communities. Acting upon the need the club enhanced their project to include the Free Library book boxes. The club now has book boxes placed at Coyle Elementary School, Ripley City Hall and Carney City Hall.

A book box is placed in a rural community, that doesn't have a library. The purpose of the book box is to spread literacy throughout families, homes and communities.

The box houses an array of new and gently used books for all age ranges from infant to adult level. The books are free to anyone that desires a book. Individuals and communities are encouraged to donate books for the box too.

The "BOOKS" project has allowed Altrusa International of Stillwater to partner with twelve elementary schools, two Head Start programs, OSU/Rise school and our communities to place a book in the hands of students, homes, classrooms and communities. Stillwater Altrusan's are making a difference in the lives of children, families and communities one book at a time.

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