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The Old Dominion University president's office recently donated more than 200 books to local underprivileged children.

The annual project was started in 2002 by President Roseann Runte and Tanners Creek Elementary School guidance counselor Sherrill Hurwitz, who gives the books to students there who have little or no reading material at home. The president's office had been collecting books from the campus community since August.

Runte recently received the following note from Hurwitz: "My daughter and I picked up the books this morning. Thank you so much! They are really wonderful. You would have to see the smile on the child's face (most of the time a child that has never 'owned' a book) when I ... give them a book and take a marker and write their name on it."

Hurwitz said she also hands out books to children in the waiting rooms and lockup areas at the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, where she volunteers.

"The children and their parents and/or guardians are so appreciative. Many times the children there are not in trouble. They are there with their parents or grandparents and are just sitting with nothing to do," Hurwitz said.

This article was posted on: December 19, 2006

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