Herman Miller hosts first holiday campus book drive

November 15, 2010
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ZEELAND — Herman Miller Inc. is launching its first book drive campaign this holiday season on college and university campuses across the country. To facilitate the book drive, several Herman Miller dealerships will place bookcases on the campuses of more than 30 higher education institutions. The goal is to collect and provide books to nonprofit organizations that want to share the gift of reading.

According to a news release, from Nov. 15 to early December, dealerships will partner with local campus student or faculty groups and use special Meridian bookcases to collect books for an organization of their choice. At the end of the book drive, the bookcases and donated books will go to the selected organizations.

The idea stems from a National Council of Teachers of English study, which found that only a small percentage of the population will have the literacy abilities to participate fully in society and the workplace in 2020.

"We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to succeed in this world. Providing books to organizations that want to share them with children or adults is a great place to start," said Jeff Vredevoogd, Herman Miller's director of education solutions.

Vredevoogd said he wants this holiday book drive to be the first of many.

"It's a wonderful opportunity that will bring businesses, students and faculty together and create a better world for their communities."

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