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More used textbooks welcome for NTUC FairPrice book collection

More used textbooks welcome for NTUC FairPrice book collection

By Evelyn Choo, Channel NewsAsia
Posted: 24 November 2009 1917 hrs


SINGAPORE: It's the end of the school year and for students and parents wondering what to do with the used textbooks, you can drop them off at any NTUC FairPrice outlet.



250 eager student volunteers are doing their bit to help other needy students and families.

Besides Nanyang Junior College, the other schools volunteering their help are Yio Chu Kang Secondary, St Anthony Canossian, Changkat Changi Secondary, Shuqun Secondary and Bukit Batok Secondary.

Tan Chee How, student, Nanyang Junior College, said: "We are sorting them very neatly so that the public can come in for collection. I thought this was a very good way to encourage thrift because needy families don't need to buy the books."

Although the project is into its 27th year, it is experiencing a slow start.

Angela Soo, deputy director, Corporate Communications, NTUC FairPrice, said: "People are still sorting out their books at home because school just closed last week. And also based on past years experience, we usually see a spike towards the end of the period where people will start donating their books.

“So we're hoping to get the public to come forward and donate their books at all FairPrice supermarkets before the closing date of 30 November."

With just a week to its deadline, less than a third of its target has been met.

But FairPrice hopes to eventually collect 180,000 books by next Monday.

The project started in 1983 and has helped 120,000 needy students nationwide, collecting over 1.6 million second-hand textbooks and distributing them to low-income families for free.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...020258/1/.html

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200,000 used textbooks donated for needy children

200,000 used textbooks donated for needy children

By Hetty Musfirah, Channel NewsAsia
Posted: 05 December 2009 1805 hrs


SINGAPORE: With the new school term starting in a month's time, 11,500 low-income students and their families were invited to collect some 200,000 used textbooks donated by the public on Saturday.



Like many others, Norzila Mohd Akil turned up at 6.30am at a collection centre at Yio Chu Kang Secondary School and waited patiently in line to collect used textbooks.

"I was afraid that if I turned up late, there would be a long queue and I was afraid the books would be gone. My husband earns very little, so getting books like these is good," said Madam Norzila, a housewife.

Needy students and their families were given 15 minutes to select second-hand books. The NTUC Fairprice Used Textbooks Project collected 30 per cent more books from the public this year, after it made an appeal.

Seng Han Thong, Member of Parliament for Yio Chu Kang, commended the programme on Saturday and said it not only helps the poor and the needy, but also saves resources in the process.

Angela Soo, deputy director, corporate communications, NTUC FairPrice, said: "With all the publicity, the public knows about this project more, so they really came forward over the last weekend to donate the books.

"This is also very good because this year, we have 30 per cent more students who have registered under the priority collection scheme. This bigger number of textbooks collected will be able to meet the needs of the students."

Members of the public can collect the free textbooks from Monday, between 9am and 5pm, at six locations – Yio Chu Kang Secondary School, St. Anthony Canossian Secondary School, Nanyang Junior College, Changkat Changi Secondary School, Shuqun Secondary School and Bukit Batok Secondary School.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...022765/1/.html

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50% rise in number of people turning up for "Used Textbook Project"

50% rise in number of people turning up for "Used Textbook Project"

By Dylan Loh, Channel NewsAsia
Posted: 07 December 2009 1916 hrs


SINGAPORE : NTUC FairPrice saw a 50 per cent increase in the number of people turning up for its "Used Textbook Project" this year.

A queue had formed at Yio Chu Kang Secondary School on Monday morning, long before doors opened for the annual event.

The school was one of six collection points.

The books were left over from Saturday's book collection for needy students.

A total of 17,400 people came for the "Used Textbook Project" over the two days.

NTUC FairPrice received over 200,000 used textbooks this year, 30 per cent more than last year. About 70 per cent of them were snapped up.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...023168/1/.html

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