Seneca Valley middle school books to be reused in Akron

April 12, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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JACKSON TWP — Some books from Ryan Gloyer Middle School will soon find new homes in Ohio.

“The district, from time-to-time, approves books for disposal,” said Linda Andreassi, Seneca Valley School District's communications director. “Disposal is a broad term and doesn't mean they are all thrown away.

“We often donate them.”

The book disposal is outsourced to BrightStar, a company from Akron, Ohio, that provides access to and ownership of books for “limited-resource children in the Greater Akron region,” according to its website.

The middle school's librarian will review the books and determine their viability based on condition, age and book circulation. Books that don't meet the standards of these criteria or are identified as obsolete or outdated will be set aside for the school board to approve their removal.

BrightStar was chosen to handle the disposal because it is willing to take on a larger part of the donation process, according to Andreassi.

“Previous donations to organizations required us to separate the books depending on subject matter (and) condition, and then deliver them,” she said. “This company expressed a willingness to take all of the books, regardless of subject or condition, and is coming out to pick them up.”

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Alexandria Mansfield

Alexandria Mansfield

Alexandria Mansfield is a community reporter at the Cranberry Eagle. She worked as a freelance reporter before joining the Eagle staff in July 2018. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's journalism and public relations department in 2018 and from Wellsboro Area High School in 2015. While at IUP, she served as a reporter and editor at The Penn, the university's student-run, twice-weekly newspaper, and earned first place awards from Pennsylvania News Media Association and Pittsburgh Black Media Federation in 2017 and 2018, respectively, for her news coverage and investigative reporting.