Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

shipping books?

Expand Messages
  • Sargent, Nathan
    Here s an article about Leslie Rucker, a teacher in Merced who held a book drive for her daughter, who is serving in Namibia. The book drive was so
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 4, 2008
    • 0 Attachment
      Here's an article about Leslie Rucker, a teacher in Merced who held a
      book drive for her daughter, who is serving in Namibia. The book drive
      was so successful, the family is now wondering how to ship 2,000 books
      to Africa. If any RPCVs have experience shipping books, I'm sure Leslie
      would appreciate knowing about organizations that help. They are
      currently bagging the books up to ship via USPS M-bags. You can email
      Leslie at lrucker@...





      MERCED SUN-STAR Dec. 3, 2008



      Teacher's book drive benefits from students' love of giving

      The focus now is how to get all the donations shipped to Africa



      By CORINNE REILLY

      creilly@...



      When first-grade teacher Leslie Rucker launched a used book drive at
      Chenoweth Elementary School last month to help kids in Africa, she
      reckoned she'd be lucky to get a few hundred donations.



      "If anything I figured our problem would be a lack of a response," said
      Rucker, who has taught in Merced for nearly two decades.



      Rucker was wrong. A week after the drive began, Chenoweth students had
      answered her call with nearly 1,000 books. Now, with more than 2,000
      piled up in her living room, Rucker is facing a different problem: how
      to pay to ship more than 800 pounds of books halfway around the world.



      "It's overwhelming, but in a good way," she said Tuesday. "It's a
      problem we're happy to have."



      Rucker conceived the book drive with her 26-year-old daughter, Amanda. A
      Chenoweth graduate herself, Amanda is now living in Namibia, Africa,
      where she's been working as a Peace Corps volunteer for the past year.



      Rucker hopes to mail the books to her daughter in January, when the new
      school year begins in Africa. Amanda will then deliver them to several
      schools in Outjo, a city of about 5,000 people 250 miles from Africa's
      western coast.



      "The idea was to donate a few books to a couple schools to help kids
      there learn English," Rucker said. "We thought it would be a good way to
      help children there, but also to teach our own students about giving."



      And give they did. Some students came with grocery bags full of books.
      One kindergartner filled his backpack so heavily with donations that it
      ripped on his way to school, Rucker recalled.



      "We only sent home one little note asking for books, and we got all
      this," she said. "Students are still coming in with them."



      Rucker thought she and her husband could cover the postage. But as the
      books started adding up, so did the shipping price. The post office has
      estimated the cost to mail all the books at $3,500, and Chenoweth is now
      looking for donations to help cover the expense.



      "We're hoping to get a few larger donations to keep things simple, but
      we'll take any help we can get," Rucker said. She and her husband have
      already started reaching out to a few local organizations.



      Tara Bright, Chenoweth's principal, said she thinks the book drive has
      given her students a new appreciation for education. "I think they're
      seeing that a lot of people in the world don't have books, and they're
      lucky to be in a positive to give," she said. Rucker agrees. "There's
      more to education than test scores," she said. "I think our students
      learned a lot from this."



      To help Chenoweth mail the books to Africa, contact the school at (209)
      385-6620, or call Leslie Rucker at (209) 383-3616.







      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      Nathan Hale Sargent

      Public Affairs Specialist

      Peace Corps San Francisco Regional Office

      (510) 452-8446

      (510) 452-8441 fax

      www.peacecorps.gov <http://www.peacecorps.gov/>
      (Peace Corps Volunteer: Armenia 1998-2000)







      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    • moriah hart
      The postal system no longer does the M Bag which was a great way to ship books back to my host country.I know that sometimes you can get them on container
      Message 2 of 5 , Dec 5, 2008
      • 0 Attachment
        The postal system no longer does the M Bag which was a great way to ship books back to my host country.I know that sometimes you can get them on container ships or military ships if point a and b are near a port. I know the World Bank Book Project used ships, but I don't have more specific info.
        Moriah
        RPCV Moldova 97-99



        To: norcalpca@yahoogroups.comCC: lrucker@...; grucker@...: halesargent@...: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 13:14:20 -0500Subject: [NorCalPCA] shipping books?



        Here's an article about Leslie Rucker, a teacher in Merced who held abook drive for her daughter, who is serving in Namibia. The book drivewas so successful, the family is now wondering how to ship 2,000 booksto Africa. If any RPCVs have experience shipping books, I'm sure Lesliewould appreciate knowing about organizations that help. They arecurrently bagging the books up to ship via USPS M-bags. You can emailLeslie at lrucker@... MERCED SUN-STAR Dec. 3, 2008Teacher's book drive benefits from students' love of givingThe focus now is how to get all the donations shipped to AfricaBy CORINNE REILLYcreilly@... When first-grade teacher Leslie Rucker launched a used book drive atChenoweth Elementary School last month to help kids in Africa, shereckoned she'd be lucky to get a few hundred donations. "If anything I figured our problem would be a lack of a response," saidRucker, who has taught in Merced for nearly two decades. Rucker was wrong. A week after the drive began, Chenoweth students hadanswered her call with nearly 1,000 books. Now, with more than 2,000piled up in her living room, Rucker is facing a different problem: howto pay to ship more than 800 pounds of books halfway around the world. "It's overwhelming, but in a good way," she said Tuesday. "It's aproblem we're happy to have."Rucker conceived the book drive with her 26-year-old daughter, Amanda. AChenoweth graduate herself, Amanda is now living in Namibia, Africa,where she's been working as a Peace Corps volunteer for the past year. Rucker hopes to mail the books to her daughter in January, when the newschool year begins in Africa. Amanda will then deliver them to severalschools in Outjo, a city of about 5,000 people 250 miles from Africa'swestern coast."The idea was to donate a few books to a couple schools to help kidsthere learn English," Rucker said. "We thought it would be a good way tohelp children there, but also to teach our own students about giving."And give they did. Some students came with grocery bags full of books.One kindergartner filled his backpack so heavily with donations that itripped on his way to school, Rucker recalled. "We only sent home one little note asking for books, and we got allthis," she said. "Students are still coming in with them."Rucker thought she and her husband could cover the postage. But as thebooks started adding up, so did the shipping price. The post office hasestimated the cost to mail all the books at $3,500, and Chenoweth is nowlooking for donations to help cover the expense. "We're hoping to get a few larger donations to keep things simple, butwe'll take any help we can get," Rucker said. She and her husband havealready started reaching out to a few local organizations.Tara Bright, Chenoweth's principal, said she thinks the book drive hasgiven her students a new appreciation for education. "I think they'reseeing that a lot of people in the world don't have books, and they'relucky to be in a positive to give," she said. Rucker agrees. "There'smore to education than test scores," she said. "I think our studentslearned a lot from this."To help Chenoweth mail the books to Africa, contact the school at (209)385-6620, or call Leslie Rucker at (209) 383-3616.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Nathan Hale SargentPublic Affairs SpecialistPeace Corps San Francisco Regional Office(510) 452-8446 (510) 452-8441 fax www.peacecorps.gov <http://www.peacecorps.gov/> (Peace Corps Volunteer: Armenia 1998-2000)[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]





        _________________________________________________________________
        Send e-mail faster without improving your typing skills.
        http://windowslive.com/Explore/hotmail?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_WL_hotmail_acq_speed_122008

        [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      • Kirsten Ma
        Hi Leslie, Here s some info about shipping books that came through the NPCA list serve. There was also a woman in LA who had some contact with RPCVLA who was
        Message 3 of 5 , Dec 7, 2008
        • 0 Attachment
          Hi Leslie,
          Here's some info about shipping books that came through the NPCA list serve.

          There was also a woman in LA who had some contact with RPCVLA who was doing a project that involved shipping books. You might try contacting that group through their website rpcvla.org and see if they could put you in touch with her.

          Good luck,
          Kirsten Krohn


          Dear
          All: I have contacted Darien Book Aid Plan <www.dba.darien.org>
          which is located at 1926 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. They can be
          contacted at (203) 655-2777. They send 30 lbs of books to PCV 's with
          a written request for a particular subject matter. I have left a
          message and asked for an update, but I did work with them about 10
          years ago. They have been in operation for some time and may have some
          very good strategies. Best regards, Jeanne ('97-'99 Macedonia)



          Jeanne Whitney Smith Consulting
          "building peace through grassroots connections"
          P.O. Box 96
          Lincoln, VA 20160-0177
          540.338.4800
          540.338.4800 fax
          202.213.9263 mob



          ________________________________
          From: moriah hart <moriahart@...>
          To: halesargent@...; norcalpca@yahoogroups.com
          Cc: lrucker@...; grucker@...
          Sent: Friday, December 5, 2008 7:35:47 AM
          Subject: RE: [NorCalPCA] shipping books?



          The postal system no longer does the M Bag which was a great way to ship books back to my host country.I know that sometimes you can get them on container ships or military ships if point a and b are near a port. I know the World Bank Book Project used ships, but I don't have more specific info.
          Moriah
          RPCV Moldova 97-99

          To: norcalpca@yahoogrou ps.comCC: lrucker@mcsd. k12.ca.us; grucker@farersagent .comFrom: halesargent@ peacecorps. govDate: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 13:14:20 -0500Subject: [NorCalPCA] shipping books?

          Here's an article about Leslie Rucker, a teacher in Merced who held abook drive for her daughter, who is serving in Namibia. The book drivewas so successful, the family is now wondering how to ship 2,000 booksto Africa. If any RPCVs have experience shipping books, I'm sure Lesliewould appreciate knowing about organizations that help. They arecurrently bagging the books up to ship via USPS M-bags. You can emailLeslie at lrucker@mcsd. k12.ca.us MERCED SUN-STAR Dec. 3, 2008Teacher' s book drive benefits from students' love of givingThe focus now is how to get all the donations shipped to AfricaBy CORINNE REILLYcreilly@ mercedsun- star.com When first-grade teacher Leslie Rucker launched a used book drive atChenoweth Elementary School last month to help kids in Africa, shereckoned she'd be lucky to get a few hundred donations. "If anything I figured our problem would be a lack of a response," saidRucker, who has taught in Merced for nearly two decades. Rucker
          was wrong. A week after the drive began, Chenoweth students hadanswered her call with nearly 1,000 books. Now, with more than 2,000piled up in her living room, Rucker is facing a different problem: howto pay to ship more than 800 pounds of books halfway around the world. "It's overwhelming, but in a good way," she said Tuesday. "It's aproblem we're happy to have."Rucker conceived the book drive with her 26-year-old daughter, Amanda. AChenoweth graduate herself, Amanda is now living in Namibia, Africa,where she's been working as a Peace Corps volunteer for the past year. Rucker hopes to mail the books to her daughter in January, when the newschool year begins in Africa. Amanda will then deliver them to severalschools in Outjo, a city of about 5,000 people 250 miles from Africa'swestern coast."The idea was to donate a few books to a couple schools to help kidsthere learn English," Rucker said. "We thought it would be a good way tohelp children there, but
          also to teach our own students about giving."And give they did. Some students came with grocery bags full of books.One kindergartner filled his backpack so heavily with donations that itripped on his way to school, Rucker recalled. "We only sent home one little note asking for books, and we got allthis," she said. "Students are still coming in with them."Rucker thought she and her husband could cover the postage. But as thebooks started adding up, so did the shipping price. The post office hasestimated the cost to mail all the books at $3,500, and Chenoweth is nowlooking for donations to help cover the expense. "We're hoping to get a few larger donations to keep things simple, butwe'll take any help we can get," Rucker said. She and her husband havealready started reaching out to a few local organizations. Tara Bright, Chenoweth's principal, said she thinks the book drive hasgiven her students a new appreciation for education. "I think they'reseeing
          that a lot of people in the world don't have books, and they'relucky to be in a positive to give," she said. Rucker agrees. "There'smore to education than test scores," she said. "I think our studentslearned a lot from this."To help Chenoweth mail the books to Africa, contact the school at (209)385-6620, or call Leslie Rucker at (209) 383-3616.+++ +++++++++ +++++++++ +++++++++ +++++++Nathan Hale SargentPublic Affairs SpecialistPeace Corps San Francisco Regional Office(510) 452-8446 (510) 452-8441 fax www.peacecorps. gov <http://www.peacecor ps.gov/> (Peace Corps Volunteer: Armenia 1998-2000)[Non- text portions of this message have been removed]

          ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _
          Send e-mail faster without improving your typing skills.
          http://windowslive. com/Explore/ hotmail?ocid= TXT_TAGLM_ WL_hotmail_ acq_speed_ 122008

          [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]






          [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        • Kirsten Ma
          Hi Lisa, Here s another quick idea. I have bought some books from Better World Books (http://www.betterworld.com) This is an excerpt from their website. It
          Message 4 of 5 , Dec 7, 2008
          • 0 Attachment
            Hi Lisa,

            Here's another quick idea. I have bought some books from Better World Books (http://www.betterworld.com)
            This is an excerpt from their website. It doesn't say they specifically help with shipping but it sound like they might have resources at least.

            Here�s the best part: In addition to selling new titles, Better World
            Books supports book drives and collects used books and textbooks
            through a network of over 1,600 college campuses and partnerships with
            nearly 1,000 libraries nationwide. So far, the company has converted
            more than 11 million donated books into $4.5 million in funding for
            literacy and education. In the process, we�ve also diverted more than
            6,000 tons of books from landfills.

            Kirsten




            [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          • bob heavner
            Books can also be shipped by barrel (it s the size of what you d picture a barrel as being). Last year it cost me $180 to ship one full of books to Sierra
            Message 5 of 5 , Dec 14, 2008
            • 0 Attachment
              Books can also be shipped by barrel (it's the size of what you'd picture a barrel as being). Last year it cost me $180 to ship one full of books to Sierra Leone. I used an expatriate Sierra Leonean in San Jose to ship mine. It took three months to arrive but the advantage was that it was delivered to a contact's home address and didn't have to be retrieved from the docks. Best, Bob Heavner


              --- On Sun, 12/7/08, Kirsten Ma <timbuk296@...> wrote:

              > From: Kirsten Ma <timbuk296@...>
              > Subject: Re: [NorCalPCA] shipping books?
              > To: halesargent@..., norcalpca@yahoogroups.com
              > Cc: lrucker@..., grucker@...
              > Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008, 12:11 AM
              > Hi Lisa,
              >
              > Here's another quick idea. I have bought some books
              > from Better World Books (http://www.betterworld.com)
              > This is an excerpt from their website. It doesn't say
              > they specifically help with shipping but it sound like they
              > might have resources at least.
              >
              > Here¢s the best part: In addition to selling new titles,
              > Better World
              > Books supports book drives and collects used books and
              > textbooks
              > through a network of over 1,600 college campuses and
              > partnerships with
              > nearly 1,000 libraries nationwide. So far, the company has
              > converted
              > more than 11 million donated books into $4.5 million in
              > funding for
              > literacy and education. In the process, we¢ve also
              > diverted more than
              > 6,000 tons of books from landfills.
              >
              > Kirsten
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
              >
              >
              > ------------------------------------
              >
              > Yahoo! Groups Links
              >
              >
              >
            Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.