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Help for the exchange of old school books: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Deepkamal Kaur

Jalandhar, March 22

As the new session is due to start in most of the schools in the city, this is the time that becomes trying for average families who have to pay annual charges, fees and buy books and uniforms, among other things. But there are organizations and Good Samaritans that have helped parents in part by solving their problem of free supplies of used books.

While several bookstores in Mai Hiran Gate offered old books at nominal prices, some organizations and welfare societies do so for free.

The Red Cross book bank run by the Lajpat Nagar district administration also provides this service for the residents. Parents leave books from their children’s previous sessions at the bank for donations and anyone who needs them can check availability with the office. Nek Ram, who is handling the works, said, “We launched the service a few years ago and it has become more popular during the pandemic. Many people come to donate books. We remain open for service between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Our goal remains more to help students in need.

Many parents also use WhatsApp groups and chat rooms to facilitate the exchange of books. Ajay Chaudhary, father of twins who have now entered Class VIII at Apeejay School, said: ‘Since I have two children, it becomes quite taxing to buy two sets of books. For the past two years, I have used a chat room on the Facebook page “NoticeBoard – Jalandhar by Tinu Luthra” to contact any parent to donate used books to me. I also prefer to take notes and copies of passed out students as it helps the children. Overall, it also helps to save and reuse existing resources. »

Even some teachers, on their part, have helped parents to exchange old books. They urge parents to leave the books of classes whose wards have passed out and, in return, help connect them with a parent in a senior class who is willing to donate books.

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