ECU Books for Fiji Project

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ADA, OK -- Entrepreneurs, Action, and Us, or ENACTUS, is made up of student, academic and business leaders who use their entrepreneurial skills to help others. The 40-member Team at ECU decided the best way to do that is to spread knowledge around the world.

They spent friday separating books for their project, Books for Fiji.
The goal? Ship 15 thousand books to more than 70 public schools in the country, and thanks to some generous donations they've already doubled that goal.

"We are just thrilled to death. We had a tremendous donation from Better World books probably 25-35 thousand books," said ECU ENACTUS Advisor, Dr. Pat Fountain. "The students at Ada Junior high are doing a book drive, and students in several schools in the county have done book drives for us."

It all started when Dr. Pat Fountain and his wife Usha Fountain traveled back to her home county of Fiji. They visited the school she attended as a girl, and were surprised at the lack of books in the school's library.
So they decided to do something about it and Fountain is excited to give back to her home.

"I'm overwhelmed," said Usha Fountain. I'm looking at all these books. The first time I was in a library was in the 9th grade, and I'm looking at these books, and I said okay, we can make a difference to those elementary kids in Fiji."

The books that have been collected will not only make a difference in Fiji, but in the Oklahoma communities as well.

"Some of the adult and older level books will go to prisons in the area," said ECU ENACTUS President, Caleb Fulton. "We're giving some donations to the boys and girls club here in Ada, as well as different libraries that might need books."

Fulton hopes that the books can make the Oklahoma community a better place.

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