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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

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COLLEGE STUDENTS GIVE LOCAL SHELTER'S KIDS ROOM A MUCH-NEEDED MAKEOVER

First Book Chapter's Literacy Program Wins Grant to Complete the Transformation at Sixth Street Shelter

Allentown, PA (March 30, 2006) – On Saturday, April 1st, a group of Cedar Crest College students will be hard at work painting kid-friendly murals, installing shelves and organizing new books and games to give the Sixth Street Shelter's Kids Club Room a fresh new look. The makeover was organized by Cedar Crest College's First Book Campus Advisory Board, a group of students who are working to promote literacy by providing low-income children in the Allentown community with access to books.

The First Book members won a $500 grant from Verizon Youth Services America based on their application detailing plans for a literacy program to benefit underprivileged children in the community. The money from the grant will cover the costs of new paint, organizational systems and educational books and games for the kids who visit the shelter.

As part of another fundraiser through Borders Group, the First Book Advisory Board was awarded nine $500 Borders gift cards to buy and distribute books for kids to call their own. A portion of the gift cards was donated to the Sixth Street Shelter.

In addition, the Campus Advisory Board will hold a Literacy Celebration on Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00 p.m at the shelter to unveil the bright and fun new room to the kids. Local dignitaries are scheduled to attend the event during which the Sixth Street Shelter will also give the kids books acquired with the Borders gift cards to take home.

Media are invited to visit the shelter to speak with the Cedar Crest students and view the progress of the transformation on Saturday, April 1st between 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and are also invited to the Literacy Celebration on April 4th. For more information please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

About First Book

First Book is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide books to disadvantaged children. The organization depends upon local volunteer involvement, like the First Book Campus Advisory Boards, to select community tutoring, mentoring and literacy programs serving at-risk children and work to support these programs through books, grants and special events. By distributing books through local literacy programs, First Book ensures that the books are delivered in a context of learning and support.

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