ACC collecting children’s books for Brown Santa Program

Austin Community College (ACC) is collecting donations for its annual “I Can Read!” children’s book drive benefiting the Travis County Sheriff’s Office’s Brown Santa program.

“We can help unlock curiosity and creativity for children across Central Texas,” says Ali Judice, ACC Student Government Association president. “Reading is one of the most enriching activities we can provide. Every donation makes an impact.”

Sponsored by the ACC Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, ACC Classified Employees Association, Full-time Senate, El Centro, and the Brown Santa program, the drive benefits children of low-income families. New and gently used books are accepted.

Donations may be dropped off through November 23 at collection boxes located at ACC police offices on all campuses. Monetary donations also can be made online through November 14 with Bookspring at

“Every $10 pays for four books,” says Wayne Holstine, Bookspring’s school and library partner manager. “People can choose among classic and popular books, such as Dr. Seuss books, or even multicultural books including books in Spanish.”

Since its inception, the ACC children’s book drive has collected more than 10,500 books for the Brown Santa program.

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