DC-area universities raise money to give away 20,000 books

Moses Song and his daughter, Catherine Song, read a book together at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 25. (WTOP/JennyGlick)
Moses Song and his daughter, Catherine Song, read a book together at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 25. (WTOP/Jenny Glick) (WTOP/Jenny Gllick)
Seven-year-old David Perez reads one of the books he picked out of the 20,000 books to choose from at the giveaway. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
Seven-year-old David Perez reads one of the books he picked out of the 20,000 books to choose from at the giveaway. (WTOP/Jenny Glick) (WTOP/Jenny Gllick)
The 20,000 book give-away was organized by the Pi Beta Phi chapters at George Washington University, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins and University of Delaware. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
The 20,000 book giveaway was organized by the Pi Beta Phi chapters at George Washington University, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins and University of Delaware. (WTOP/Jenny Glick) (WTOP/Jenny Gllick)
Spokeswoman Julie Carney said they are holding five different events like this around the country, the product of months of fundraising by the sorority and its alumni. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
Spokeswoman Julie Carney said they are holding five different events like this around the country, the product of months of fundraising by the sorority and its alumni. (WTOP/Jenny Glick) (WTOP/Jenny Gllick)
"It’s absolutely rewarding. Anytime you see a child come in and immerse themselves in a book, watch their faces light up and smile makes it absolutely worth it," said Carney. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
“It’s absolutely rewarding. Anytime you see a child come in and immerse themselves in a book, watch their faces light up and smile makes it absolutely worth it,” said Carney. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
The book giveaway provided books to 300 children and 126 organizations. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
The book giveaway provided books to 300 children and 126 organizations. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
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Moses Song and his daughter, Catherine Song, read a book together at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 25. (WTOP/JennyGlick)
Seven-year-old David Perez reads one of the books he picked out of the 20,000 books to choose from at the giveaway. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
The 20,000 book give-away was organized by the Pi Beta Phi chapters at George Washington University, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins and University of Delaware. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
Spokeswoman Julie Carney said they are holding five different events like this around the country, the product of months of fundraising by the sorority and its alumni. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
"It’s absolutely rewarding. Anytime you see a child come in and immerse themselves in a book, watch their faces light up and smile makes it absolutely worth it," said Carney. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)
The book giveaway provided books to 300 children and 126 organizations. (WTOP/Jenny Glick)

SPRINGFIELD, Va.— Piles of new books were stacked high inside the Robert E. Lee High School cafeteria Saturday, as part of a 20,000 book giveaway.

David Perez, 7, showed off his two new prized possessions, an Avengers and Star Wars book. “It’s like a treasure hunt for him, he doesn’t even know where to start or where to finish,” said his mother, Arni Perez.

The 20,000 book giveaway was organized by the Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women. Spokeswoman Julie Carney said they are holding five different events like this around the country, the product of months of fundraising by the sorority and its alumni.

“It’s absolutely rewarding. Anytime you see a child come in and immerse themselves in a book, watch their faces light up and smile makes it absolutely worth it,” said Carney.

Women in Pi Beta Phi chapters of George Washington University, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins and University of Delaware helped fundraise for the giveaway.

Books were distributed to 300 children and 126 organizations.


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