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Powell's to Donate 57,500 Books to Local Schools

March 1 , 2005, Portland, OR — Thanks to the unparalleled success of its new Schoolbook Challenge program, Powell’s Books will donate more than 50,000 new books this spring to Portland and Beaverton public school libraries.

Between January 11 and February 28, Powell’s customers were invited to purchase book pledges at a cost of $5.95 each in any of its six retail outlets or online at Powells.com. Powell’s donated ten additional new books to schools and libraries for each book pledge purchased by a customer. Customers purchased a total of 5,244 pledges during the Challenge.

"We’re all aware," said owner Michael Powell, "of the crisis in the public schools. I am grateful to everyone who made Schoolbook Challenge so successful."

Books for Portland Public Schools will be distributed with the help of Schoolhouse Supplies, a non-profit, free store for schools, at a one-day Book-a-Thon event in April.

"We are thrilled," said Powell’s CEO Miriam Sontz, "that Powell’s enthusiasm for getting more books in the hands of school kids was matched by the enthusiasm of our customers."

Over the past nine years, Powell’s It’s For Kids Program donated approximately 40,000 books to local school libraries. Building on that success, Powell's aimed to exceed It’s for Kids contributions with a donation of 50,000 books this year. Book pledge sales enabled the independent bookseller to surpass the goal a full week before the program's conclusion.

Powell’s is thankful to media sponsors Beaverton Valley Times, K103FM, KPTV-Fox12, and Willamette Week; and to corporate sponsors Conkling, Fiskum & McCormick, Hot Lips Pizza, Hoyt Street Properties, and McMenamins Breweries.

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