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News Release

March 22, 2004

Contact:

Ryan Foley, (650) 736-2210; ryan.foley@stanford.edu

Stanford Community Day sponsors book drive for developing countries

Members of the Stanford University community and residents of the surrounding communities are encouraged to donate used college and graduate school textbooks as part of a Community Day at Stanford book drive on Sunday, April 4, in support of Bridge to Asia.

Bridge to Asia is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that shares used textbooks in all fields of arts and sciences with educators in developing countries. Bridge to Asia has sent 6 million books to more than 1,000 schools over 16 years. The group has sent more than 5 million books and journals to China and 500,000 to Southeast Asia.

A donation van will be parked at Community Day at Stanford from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Oval. Donations also can be dropped off at the Stanford Bookstore beginning Monday, March 22.

Bridge to Asia is looking for textbooks in all fields, as well as dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, catalogs, journals, magazines, novels, essays and books of poetry. The group advises avoiding computer books keyed to specific systems and foreign language books, other than English.

Community Day at Stanford is an all-day open house featuring music, arts, athletic events, science exhibits, faculty lectures and a children's community carnival and health fair. All events are free and open to the public. The day begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Most events are located near or around the university's main quadrangle at the end of Palm Drive.

Community Day is designed to promote partnerships and increase understanding among Stanford and its neighbors, especially the residents of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Mountain View and Portola Valley. An estimated 8,000 people attended the event last year, with about 6,500 visitors the year before.

For more information on Community Day, visit http://communityday.stanford.edu or call Stanford University Communications at (650) 724-2933.

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