College Sponsors Community Book Drive for Neighborhood School

College Community Volunteers Time for Eleanor Emlen Elementary Library

Release Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College is actively seeking donations of new and gently used children's books (Kindergarten-6th grade) to help create a library for Eleanor Emlen Elementary located in the West Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. The school has been without a functioning library for the past 6 years. The Kappa Delta Epsilon Education Honor Society at Chestnut Hill College is working on the establishment of the library as a service project with other clubs, faculty, staff, and students at the College lending support. Volunteers across campus are actively involved in fundraising, donating books, and helping to transport and catalog the donated books.

Emlen Elementary has a long relationship with Chestnut Hill College as a Professional Development School Partner, and the Emlen School also mentors education students during practicum and student teaching experiences. After graduation, many of these students return to Emlen to work as teachers.

“This project is a great learning experience for our students, and demonstrates Chestnut Hill College’s commitment to public schools and helping the dear neighbor,” says Jessica Kahn, Ph.D., professor of education. “We have been privileged to work with Emlen for years as education partners, and this gives us an opportunity to give back for all the years they have mentored our students.”

Book donations can be dropped off outside Room 11 in the basement of St. Joseph Hall or at the desk in Fournier Hall on the Chestnut Hill College campus located at 9601 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. Donations will be on-going. Please contact Jessica Kahn, professor of education at or 215.248.7045 with any questions or monetary donations.