ACC students and police collect 3,000 books for Travis County Sheriff’s Brown Santa Program

Austin Community College presented more than 3,000 children’s books to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for its Brown Santa program Thursday, December 11, at the Highland Campus.

Donations were collected through Silver Star Children’s Literacy, a nonprofit launched as a student project in 2010 through ACC’s Center for Student Political Studies (CSPS).

“This is what ACC students do. We have a responsibility to help those who are less fortunate,” says Rebekah Roberts, chair of Phi Theta Kappa’s Silver Star Committee. “The greatest feeling in the world is making a difference in someone’s life.”

Since its inception, Silver Star has collected more than 7,500 books for TCSO’s Brown Santa program. This year, partners include Phi Theta Kappa and the ACC Alumni Network Advisory Council along with ACC District police and Feria Para Aprender organizers.

“These donations are more valuable than a toy; books enrich young minds,” says TCSO Chief James Sylvester. “I am grateful for the generosity of ACC. Without the college’s help, Brown Santa would not be what it is today.”

Silver Star will collect additional new or gently used books during the presentation and distribute them to children in the months to come.

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