Duel on the Delaware Used Book Drive nets 4,500+ lbs. of books for Success Won’t Wait’s literacy projects. Event total now tops 50,000 lbs. collected!

Success Won't Wait volunteers at the 2013 Duel on the Delaware Used Book Drive. Over 4,500 lbs. of books were collected at the annual event.
Success Won’t Wait volunteers at the 2013 Duel on the Delaware Used Book Drive. Over 4,500 lbs. of books were collected at the annual event.

The partnership between Success Won’t Wait and First State Robotics (the hosts of the Duel on the Delaware) began in 2004 with a modest book drive, as part of a fledgling community service effort by First State Robotics.

Since then, the event has grown in popularity as teams vie for bragging rights (and a trophy!) as the Miracle of Reading Education community service winners. 14 teams competed on October 19, 2013 and the final tally was an amazing 4,560 lbs. of books!

The top 2 teams were:

  • 1st place Team 375, Robotic Plague, Staten Island Technical High School from Staten Island, NY  (1,730 lbs.)
  • 2nd place, Team 1626 – Falcon Robotics, St Joseph High School from Metuchen, NJ (717 lbs)

2013 Duel on the Delaware BUSLOAD of booksThe books collected at this event will be used by Success Won’t Wait throughout the year to complete literacy projects for children, teens, and adults. Examples of recent projects include stocking a new library at The Central School in Stanton, Delaware, providing much-needed books for the HeadStart program in Camden, New Jersey, and keeping the USO waiting area at Baltimore International Airport, Maryland filled with children’s books for use by US troops being deployed and their families to share together.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers from First State Robotics and Success Won’t Wait who made the day such a success!

For more information about the event visit DUEL ON THE DELAWARE.

Long-time volunteer Vincenzo Carrieri-Russo helps loads thousands of pounds of donated books at the event.
Long-time volunteer Vincenzo Carrieri-Russo helps loads thousands of pounds of donated books at the event.

About Success Won’t Wait

Founded in 2002, Success Won’t Wait, Inc. is a not for profit literacy program based in Wilmington, Delaware. The organization’s mission is to encourage reading, particularly by children.

Success Won’t Wait volunteers organize used book drives, calling on ordinary citizens to donate used books for redistribution in the community. To date, dozens of book drives have been held throughout the Mid-Atlantic at many different types of locations.

Since 2002, Success Won’t Wait has collected over 500,000 books, with approximately 20,000 of those currently awaiting distribution.

Read now, because success won’t wait!

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