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Sandy Hook: Love in the form of 10,000 books

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(Read caption) "What better way to celebrate young [Sandy Hook] readers who were killed than to give the gift of reading to others?" asked Slippery Rock University professor Alice Del Vecchio.

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After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December, students and faculty at Slippery Rock University wondered what they could do. Then Alice Del Vecchio, assistant professor of professional studies at the Pennsylvania school, had an idea.

"What better way to celebrate young readers who were killed than to give the gift of reading to others?" she asked.

So Del Vecchio and the school's Student Nonprofit Alliance organized the "We Can Read!" book drive that ended last month. The drive collected and distributed more than 10,000 books nationwide.

“The project honors the children and their teachers and staff killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in a very special way," said Del Vecchio. "The children’s book drive will keep the spirit of those young readers alive and pass on the joy of learning to read to children far and wide.”

Participants were asked to purchase their favorite children's book, read it to a child, and then donate it to "We Can Read!" The books would then be sent to regional libraries, elementary schools, day care centers, and other similar programs for children.

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