Students give back with Book-tober

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — UI students are pitching in to help kids all over the world. Members of Illini Pride have been looking for ways to give back to the community through the entire fall semester.

Last month, they called it “Book-tober” and collected books for a Champaign charity. It helps kids in two ways. They brought the books to Orphan’s Treasure Box. It means kids in Central Illinois will get the chance to check out some different books at a low price, plus the money raised helps orphans in other parts of the world.

Members of Illini Pride worked together with the Marching Illini to collect upwards of 800 books in the last few weeks. They say they’re happy to help and see people from the community pitch in and they’re doing a lot more through the year.

“We’ve had a lot of people help us out with Block I and Grange Grove,” said Ross Drucker, Illini Pride senior advisor. “During the tailgates, we’ve been collecting pop tabs that we’ve challenged Ohio State to a pop tab collection drive for all of football season.”

“Members came up to me every single practice and said they’ll bring books from home, they’ll get their parents to come back for Homecoming and Dad’s Weekend to bring books,” said Amelia Mugavero, a featured twirler for the Marching Illini. “We got a great response.”

The students have been looking for ways to do more philanthropy and they’re competing against other Big Ten teams to do the most good through the year.

Next up will be a canned food drive. They plan to do that through November and December until they go home for winter break.

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