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Salmon Creek Journal organizes book drive to benefit local school

The recent fire at Crestline Elementary School in Vancouver was a call to action for many people in the community including Kerry Jeffrey, prose editor for the Salmon Creek Journal and WSU Vancouver senior majoring in English.

Jeffrey woke up the the morning after the school burned to the ground and wondered how he could help.

“Crestline was getting community support by way of money and supplies, so I decided to focus on getting books because their entire library was gone. It will take lots of time and money to replace it,” Jeffrey said.

The Salmon Creek Journal has funds available for community outreach, and after gaining approval, Jeffrey used some of the funds to initiate a campus-wide book drive.

Book collection bins have been placed around the WSU Vancouver campus and Jeffrey encourages Cougs to place general school supplies and used or new books in the bins.

“As long as it has all the pages and is readable, any book will surely be appreciated,” Jeffrey said.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 6, Salmon Creek Journal will host a three-hour book collection event in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to stop by, drop off books and supplies and enjoy free food.

Jeffrey said he hopes students will come by and have some fun while helping to collect lots of books for Crestline students.

To find out what else you can do to help out following the Crestline fire, contact the Evergreen School District Foundation at 360-604-4022.

The Salmon Creek Journal is is a student media organization that publishes a book of short stories, poetry, artwork and photography created by the students, staff, faculty and alumni of WSU Vancouver.

The 2013 issue of the Salmon Creek Journal will be available in April. Free copies will be given away at the SCJ launch and at graduation.

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