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BLAIRSVILLE NATIVE ORGANIZES BOOKS FOR AFRICA DRIVE


4/7/2008

Pittsburgh, April 7, 2008 — Josh Litvik, a La Roche College sophomore psychology major from Blairsville, Pa., who also serves as a Resident Adviser, organized a book drive during the college’s first semester that far exceeded his expectations. It was a successful experience that has lead to continued involvement in Books for Africa, he said, including a follow-up drive he has planned this month.

“I have a passion for helping people,” said Josh, who graduated from Derry High School in 2006 and hopes to one day be a social worker. “This was a simple but effective way to help – sending books to schools in Africa.”

As a freshman, Josh had helped with La Roche’s annual Books for Africa drive. When the organizer graduated, Josh approached the College Activities Office about overseeing the campaign. In collaboration with Project Educate of Pittsburgh, Josh planned the drive and put collection boxes in strategic points at La Roche late last year. He posted fliers supplied by Better World Books, a program partner based in the state of Indiana, set his goal at 200, and waited for the donations to come. The response was tremendous; Josh netted more than 325 books for the program.

He enlisted the help of his roommate, Shane Russell, a freshman from Ambridge, Pa., to pack the books, attach shipping labels and arrange for pick-up. Project Educate and Better World Books covered all expenses related to the drive and subsequent mailings.

“I was surprised and pleased that we got as many books as we did,” Josh said, adding that the drive’s winter success led to the April book drive he’s undertaking now.

Josh is the son of Ken and Carol Litvik of Blairsville.



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