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May 31, 2014

Elementary students raise $400 for Second Chance

NORMAN — Elementary school students turned extra books into cash through an annual service learning project with philanthropic goals.

Students of Madison Elementary School presented Second Chance Animal Sanctuary of Norman with a donation of $400 Thursday afternoon. As part of the school’s annual service learning project, students had a book sale to raise funds for this year’s charity efforts.

“Bulldog Bookstop” boasts the elementary’s mascot in the name but has proven successful for raising money year after year, third-grade teacher Michale Gentry said.

Students began donating their old books in January and promoted their favorites with posters and handmade signs. When it came time for the sale, collected books were sold in the price range of $0.50 to $1, which made the grand total even more impressive to sixth-grader Dylan Gentry.

“It was really cool to see how much we had raised after selling books for such a small price,” Dylan said. “That means we sold a lot of books.”

More than 1,000 books, to be exact, Gentry said. Although many books walk out of the “Bookstop” to ensure all students have something to read this summer, many of them proved profitable, she said.

To organize the event, students broke into committees, tackling the project from every angle. From making commercials to designing posters, Gentry said students used their individual strengths to contribute to promoting the book sale.

With the help of an app named “Audioboo,” students created their own promotions for the “Bulldog Bookstop.” A grant from Cox Communications allowed student access to iPods to record their commercials and podcasts, Gentry said.

With the recently added technology, sixth-grader Maddison said it’s been fun to watch the project change over the years.

“This has allowed us to combine our technology skills and our love for reading,” Gentry said.

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