First Book Westminster Raised Funds, Distributed Free Books

Monday, June 4, 2012

First Book Westminster raised $1,700 for new, free books for distribution to children in Lawrence and Mercer counties during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Under the leadership of First Book President Katie Tomko, Vice President Amanda Leonard, and Secretary Dana Flick, the student organization awarded money for new books to Walker Neighborhood House's after-school program in New Castle and the Royal Family Kids' Camp for neglected and abused children.

New books valued at $500 were distributed to children attending Westminster Celebrity Series' Golden Dragon Acrobats performance on campus May 9.

Funding for the books was raised in collaboration with the New Wilmington Rotary Club and Westminster's Drinko Center for Experiential Learning, Celebrity Series, Mortar Board honor society, and co-advisers Dr. Mandy Medvin, professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Psychology, and Dr. Eileen Morelli, associate professor of education.

May graduate Geoff Klein produced a documentary, "The Magic of Literacy," to share the history and motivation behind First Book Westminster's first five years.  Click here to watch the video.

First Book officers for 2012-2013 are Maggie George, president; Nichole Hardt, vice president; Jocelyn McCartney, secretary; and Lauren Sutton, public relations chair.

First Book Westminster was developed to give disadvantaged children the chance to read and own their first new books by developing a team of persons who seek to encourage reading and build resources for literacy efforts in their community.

Contact Morelli at (724) 946-6035 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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First Book presentation to Royal Family Kids' Camp: (l-r) Amanda Leonard; Colleen Hannon, assistant registrar and RFKC representative; Katie Tomko


Watch the video