Pre-schoolers selling books for the environment

Thursday, April 16, 2009


ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Children ages 3-5 at the Lindgren Child Care Center at St. Cloud State University will be conducting their Third Annual Used Book Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, at the center on campus.

The children hope to raise $450.  They are pricing the books, which include many children’s books and adult fiction, at two for $1.

The pre-schoolers solicited the used book donations and will actually be ‘staffing’ the sale as salespeople and cashiers (which accounts for the easy-to-make-change price tag).  They are conducting the sale to raise funds to purchase clear recycling receptacles for the Engineering & Computing Center building along University Drive. 

The Used Book Sale is part of a long term study of recycling and conservation that began two years ago when children out for their walks expressed concern about litter on campus and the roadways.  Since its inception the Used Book Sale has funded the purchase of 150 reusable grocery bags and a 250 gallon tank that holds the used vegetable oil that fuels the Metro Bus Husky Fried Ride.  The project has had such an impact in the lives of the children that it has become part of the curriculum in the preschool room.

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Media contact:  Dennis Mergen, associate director, Lindgren Child Care Center, 320-308-3296,

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