Donations fill bookcases
By Lisa DeNeal Post-Tribune correspondent March 1, 2013 4:40PM
Members of Brother 2 Brother from IUN load boxes of donated books at the Lake County Library main branch in Merrillville, Ind. From left are Donald Luckett, Roy Cast, David Neal, Jovanny Sanchez and Niko Alavanja. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 6, 2013 9:52AM
Dunbar-Pulaski Academic and Career Academy seventh-grader Terry Zeigler helped carry boxes containing 4,000 donated young-adult books inside the middle school’s library to refill the bookcases Feb. 15.
“This is a great thing, now we can all enjoy reading different types of books,” Terry said. The donations are the result of a partnership between the Gary Community School Corp., the Urban Teacher Education Program and Indiana University Northwest.
Rochelle Brock, Urban Teacher director, and Andree Anderson, program liaison, said UTEP also partners with schools in Hammond and East Chicago. Brock said when Gary closed its middle schools more than two years ago, books and computers from Dunbar-Pulaski were removed and taken to Roosevelt College and Career Academy.
“When the state took over Roosevelt, we asked to get the books and computers back here but we were declined,” Brock continued, “so not only did the library need books, we also need computers.”
A book collection drive began more than a month ago through IUN. Donations came from IUN students, faculty, groups like Brother 2 Brother and administration.
The IUN Student Government Association placed donation boxes throughout parts of Lake County.
“We received donations from Barnes &Noble in Valparaiso, the Gary Literacy Coalition and more,” Anderson said. The boxes of donated books were picked up at the Lake County Public Library on U.S. 30 in Merrillville and transferred to the school.
The refurbishing of Dunbar-Pulaski’s library includes the addition of reference books, dictionaries, instructional books and novels. Bernice Franklin, Dunbar-Pulaski’s media specialist, welcomed the donations.
“The donations are needed to enhance the students’ reading abilities,” she said. “The more children read, the more knowledgeable they are.”
Brock said that members of IUN’s men and women basketball teams planned to come to Dunbar-Pulaski and sort and shelve the donated books.