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University City Connect Book DriveUniversity City Connect is all set to launch its first annual Book Drive for our elementary school students, and we invite you to join us.

From Aug. 1 to 15, you can donate books at University City Library or Keith Family YMCA.

Studies show the importance of mastering the art of reading by the third grade, so children can then begin to read to learn.

Not mastering reading sets a child back and can easily discourage them from excelling in all the other subjects.


Who will get the books?

The books will go to students at five University City elementary schools: Nathaniel Alexander, Hidden Valley, Newell, University Meadows and John Morehead Stem Academy.


Which books should you give?

Suggested booksCharlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has provided this list of suggested books to donate. Each book is used in the CMS curriculum. The bonus of donating these books is that students can both use them at school and have them to take home and read again and again for personal enjoyment.


Drop-off locations

Drop off your books from Aug. 1-15 at:

  • University City Regional Library, 301 E. WT Harris Blvd. Open 9 am-8 pm Mondays-Thursdays; 9 am-5 pm Fridays and Saturdays; closed Sundays. 704-416-7200. Directions
  • Keith Family YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road. Open 5 am-9:30 pm weekdays; 7 am-7 pm Saturdays; 1-6 pm Sundays. 704-716-6700. Directions


Your business can run its own book drive

Would you like to organize a book drive for our schools at your own business? We will be glad to help. Contact Janelle Goodrich at University City Partners at 704-688-2481 or jgoodrich@universitycitypartners.org.


Help our schools even more with AmazonSmile

If you plan to buy your books online through Amazon or Amazon Prime, there is an easy way to help the efforts of University City Connect in its work to support local schools. Simply establish an AmazonSmile account that will help our nonprofit organization. There is no additional cost to you!

What Amazon says about its AmazonSmile program: “When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.”

When you sign up for AmazonSmile, simply select University City Connect as your charity of choice to support what our businesses are doing for students in our community. There is no additional cost to you, and you can change your charity at any time.

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