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Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University Students Donate Books for Children


Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Orangeburg, N.Y.- A Books for Children drive organized by students at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University has bolstered the library at an elementary school in the Nyack, N.Y. school district.

More than 300 books were donated to the Valley Cottage Elementary School in Valley Cottage, N.Y. Organizers were pleasantly surprised by the number of books that were donated.

“We originally planned to start small this year and make plans for a larger drive next year. But the program just took off and we ended up exceeding all our expectations,” said Professor Roy Elberfeld, who helped organize the book drive.

Book collection bins were placed in the lobby on the Rockland Graduate Campus on Route 340 in Orangeburg in March and April. A display fashioned after Rodin's sculpture “The Thinker,” with an owl perched on his shoulder, encouraged passers-by to “Think about donating two or three books to the wise old owl.”

Campus administrators plan to expand the drive with more collection boxes next year.

The Rockland Graduate Campus offers master's degrees and advanced certificates in business administration, education, health administration, public administration, gerontology, mental health counseling, school counseling and school and district leadership. New programs include the Master of Science in education with a specialization in adolescence education (grades 7-12) designed for career-changers looking to become certified teachers, and the Master of Science in special education with a concentration in autism. For more information, visit, e-mail or call (845) 359-7200.

Posted 05/12/2009

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