Books4Buddies Holds Back to School Events

Original article posted in The Sojourner’s Truth - Sojourner’s Truth Staff

L-R Paul Thomas, Jr., Jr/Southview who just returned after being selected in a weeklong entrepreneurship training program for high school students; Co-founder Toure McCord; Laneta Goings; Congresswoman Kaptur; Jordan Topoleski, Sr, Sylvania Southview. He was one of 1250 at Boys Nation selected as one of two senators to represent Ohio. He was in DC for nine days and met elected officials; Paul Thomas, Sr. retired executive of the Carpenters Union.

L-R Paul Thomas, Jr., Jr/Southview who just returned after being selected in a weeklong entrepreneurship training program for high school students; Co-founder Toure McCord; Laneta Goings; Congresswoman Kaptur; Jordan Topoleski, Sr, Sylvania Southview. He was one of 1250 at Boys Nation selected as one of two senators to represent Ohio. He was in DC for nine days and met elected officials; Paul Thomas, Sr. retired executive of the Carpenters Union.

On Saturday, August 12, Books4Buddies held a back-to-school event at Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Birmingham Terrace in order to bring free books and snacks to the residents. The “Book Ambassadors” – the students who coordinate the book program – were joined by members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and State Rep. Mike Sheehy.

Books 4 Buddies is an organization that collects new and gently used books for disadvantaged children and young adults. Over the years, Books 4 Buddies have distributed more than 40,000 books all around northwest Ohio and the world.

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On Monday August 14, founder Laneta Goings and the ambassadors met with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Books4Buddies supporter. “ I don't think there's another program of this kind in the country, correct me if I'm wrong,” noted Kaptur.