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One School's Trash Is Another School's Treasure

20,000 books leave North Texas, bound for Africa



    One School's Trash Is Another School's Treasure

    Duncanville Independent School District is helping children in Africa receive a better education.

    A group of volunteers from the Duncanville Rotary Club and Duncanville ISD packed up 20,000 textbooks and sent them to Africa.

    “They may not have any supplies at all, except for a place to sit and a classroom teacher," said district spokesperson Tammy Kuykendall.

    The English books are no longer valid in the state of Texas, but the district wanted to make sure they're still being put to good use. So they contacted the rotary club who donated the $3,000 worth of supplies needed to ship the books overseas.

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    The two groups have teamed up in the past, but this is the largest collection of books they've ever recycled.

    "Normally during an out of adoption text book process, we would maybe see 3-4,000 books, this year we're anticipating 20,000. So, significantly larger, double the size we would normally have," Kuykendall said.

    The district said the state of Texas is changing the curriculum again next year and they plan on doing the same thing with the old books.