MyBookBuyer.com Helps Teachers Survive Budget Cuts with Large Donations of Books

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MyBookBuyer.com, the online book buyback service of Beagle Books, partners with RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) benefiting teachers and students throughout the State. MyBookBuyer.com will continuously donate large amounts of books to help RAFT supply its members (teachers) with books to stock their personal classroom libraries to enhance the learning experience for children. The partnership is helping further RAFT's mission of providing students with hands-on education activities and materials.

One of over 24 pallets of children's books MyBookBuyer.com donated to RAFT.

We have two shopping facilities in the Bay Area for our members, one in San Jose and one in Redwood City. Both now have designated sections where teachers can go to stock their own personal classroom libraries with books for free or nearly free.

Michael Der and Mary Simon shook hands on Thursday, July 9, to seal the new partnership between MyBookBuyer.com and RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching); their partnership will enhance hands-on teaching for pre K-12 education.

MyBookBuyer.com is the online book buyback service of Beagle Books, the largest online book seller in Northern California. MyBookBuyer.com serves as an alternative to the nearly extinct neighborhood bookstores for anybody looking to trade in and make money off the books they own. In addition, MyBookBuyer.com offers a different choice from the campus bookstore for college students to sell back their college books. Thousands of individuals have turned their unwanted books into cash by using the easy interface at MyBookBuyer.com.

RAFT is a non-profit organization that creatively transforms reusable business materials into pre-packaged kits on hundreds of curriculum topics. Educators use these affordable kits to teach important concepts in science, math, reading and art and provide each student with a powerful "hands-on" learning experience. RAFT's Idea Sheets, Activity Kits and other hands-on teaching materials are inexpensive and easy to use. RAFT also serves as a professional organization for teachers, offering workshops and opportunities for mentoring and professional development. RAFT serves 8,000 members throughout Silicon Valley and is open to educators of all types.

Classrooms have been hit hard by budget cuts with more cuts predicted in the future as the State of California struggles to balance its budget. Now more than ever, teachers reach into their own pockets to provide the necessary materials for the classroom, even though many simply cannot afford to do on their salary.

MyBookBuyer.com has found a solution to this problem by donating over 30,000 used children's books on a monthly basis to RAFT. "We were unable to satisfy the demand from our members for books until we received the donations from MyBookBuyer.com," said Mary Simon, Executive Director of RAFT. "We have two shopping facilities in the Bay Area for our members, one in San Jose and one in Redwood City. Both now have designated sections where teachers can go to stock their own personal classroom libraries with books for free or nearly free."

"MyBookBuyer.com will donate over 100,000 books by September, just as activity at RAFT peaks in preparation for the new school year," comments Michael Der, founder of MyBookBuyer.com. "With our large book contributions, MyBookBuyer.com hopes to ease the financial burden teachers have supplying materials for the classroom."

During the visit to RAFT's warehouse in San Jose MyBookBuyer.com's staff witnessed the excitement the donated books generated. A special education teacher informed the staff how it was now financially possible for her to adapt children's books for the classroom which can help children with learning disabilities such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy.

The partnership with RAFT is an opportunity for MyBookBuyer.com to give back to the community. The much needed reading materials, supplied by MyBookBuyer.com, are helping to both improve the financial burden teachers are dealing with as well as the learning process for students. Together RAFT and MyBookBuyer.com are making a difference in California's classrooms.

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