Book Drive to Benefit Wingate Elementary School

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University will begin collecting books for
Santa’s Book Drive during Family Weekend at the Bulldogs vs. Brevard football game on Sept. 24. New books and money donations will be collected at the entrance of the Irwin Belk Stadium before kickoff until the second half. A second collection will take place at the Oct. 1 football game against Carson Newman. The books will be donated to Wingate Elementary School students.

“Santa's Book Drive is a great way for the Wingate community to work together to bring a smile to the faces of young readers, said Lauren Schroeder, director of community service initiatives at Wingate University. “Our hope is the students will get excited about reading if they see college students excited about reading.”
Wingate’s Office of Service houses service learning initiatives and
UCAN (University Community Assistance Network). The University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for three years in a row. Last year, Wingate students volunteered nearly 16,000 hours.

About Wingate University

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a comprehensive university with more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. The university offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students
gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years.

Jennifer Gaskins
Director of Marketing & Communications
Wingate University