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Young Professionals group launches 'Bucks for Books' drive to restock school libraries

When students were sent home to learn remotely at the onset of the pandemic last year, library books were quarantined at home with them. When in-person learning resumed, many books never made it back to the library shelves, GGFYP fundraisers say.

Kinsley Schmidt, 5, has finished reading 1,000 books before kindergarten with the help of her grandmother, Ginny Tupa, a longtime Grand Forks Public Schools library director. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals organization is launching a drive to raise funds to restock books in Grand Forks school libraries -- books that were checked out when students pivoted to distance learning at the onset of the pandemic last year, but were not returned.

The “Bucks for Books” fundraising drive, with a goal of at least $5,000, runs through Nov. 23.

The GGFYP is asking community members to donate a buck or more for school library media specialists to strategically choose titles that most effectively meet the learning needs of their students, according to Kaylee Cusack, community involvement committee member.

The funds raised will be distributed in a weighted manner to the schools that are most in need, Cusack said.

Minnkota Power Cooperative “kicked in $500 to jump start our drive,” she said. The money was donated from the cooperative’s employees’ Jeans Day Fund.


Other businesses are boosting the effort too, including Boss’ Pizza, which, from Monday to Wednesday, Nov. 1-3, donated 20% of its sales to the drive when customers mentioned GGFYP when ordering.

Next week, Nov. 8-14, Deek’s Pizza will be donating 25% of its sales from all orders submitted using the code “BOOKS.”

There are several other ways to contribute, Cusack said.

Donation QR codes will be integrated into flyers, table tents, and stickers in coffee shops and other businesses around Grand Forks.

Coffee cups and sleeves at Urban Stampede, Archives Coffee House, Bully Brew and The Other Half will be donning the donation QR codes during the drive.

Donations may also be made by using the “Bucks for Books” PayPal donation button at , or mailing checks to: GGFYP Bucks for Books, 33 S. Third St. Suite C, Grand Forks, ND 58201.

“We’ve already seen an incredible amount of support from our business community, even before officially launching the drive,” said GGFYP Community Involvement Chair Dan Bryant. “These leaders know that good leadership development starts young, and it starts on school bookshelves. We hope others in Greater Grand Forks see that as well, and that they’re willing to give a buck or two.”

The GGFYP is considering a similar fundraising effort to support East Grand Forks school libraries in the future, Cusack said.


The GGFYP is a nonprofit organization that promotes the growth and development of area young professionals. It has an active philanthropic component, which involves hosting events that benefit local charity and nonprofit organizations or support community areas of need.

For more information, contact Cusack at .

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