I told everyone that it was going to be impossible to forget about me! My name is Juanita Benavides-Alcala and I am a former student blogger for Around the Grove, but now I am back to tell everyone about our exciting Book Drive! As the Chair of Events and Initiative of the Student Council, we teamed up with the American Association of University Women (AAUW): Gaithersburg chapter to have a school-wide book drive here at our beloved USG. I just wanted to tell everyone a bit about this awesome organization and convince you guys to bring in some books.
The AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women in higher ed and beyond. Their work has been an ongoing effort since 1881. Today, they provide scholarships to women in many colleges and universities, including USG. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship from them to attend a conference at UMCP this May, where I got to learn so much about leadership and how to make everyone feel welcome in our school. These wonderful ladies have not only financially supported students, but they have become like a mentor to others. They are always willing to share their experiences and listen to others. Another scholarship recipient, Jathselle Pierre-Louis, and myself have decided that we needed to step up to the plate in order to give back as much as they have given us.
The AAUW: Gaithersburg hosts an annual book sale at Asbury (a retirement facility located near Lakeforest Mall) in order to gain funds for scholarships to give to female students here at USG and at Montgomery College. So what we have done, with the help of the Student Council, is set out a couple boxes so that everyone and anyone can donate books for us to take. They are in need of children’s books, however, we will take what we can get (in good condition, of course.) So if you guys happen to have any spare books laying around, please bring them and put them in the colorful boxes labeled “Student Council + AAUW: Gaithersburg Book Drive.” I worked really hard on making them as colorful as possible 🙂 So do your girl a favor and bring some by!
Thanks for reading and re-gifting!