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CSM students, faculty donate 2,000 books

Students at Nelson Mandela Elementary School in Omaha have expanded opportunities for reading, thanks to a donation of more than 2,000 books from College of Saint Mary students, staff and faculty.

The book drive was part of the college’s fall Spirit of Service program. The 20 boxes of books for kindergartener through sixth-graders will fill shelves at the school and many of the students’ homes.

"Service is one of the key pillars of College of Saint Mary’s mission," said Kris Czerwiec, director of student leadership and spirit of service co-chair. "Our community teamed up to not only give back to one of our astounding partners, but we doubled our goal."

As part of the college’s partnership with the elementary school, CSM provides a state-aligned health curriculum, and its nursing and public health students, supervised by a licensed practitioner, provide vision, weight, height and immunization screenings.

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