|The Andrea's Angels program is a
gently-used book drive named in loving memory of a local student who
volunteered for children's literacy programs
In 1998 Andrea Racibozynski died tragically during
her freshman year at college. Andrea was considering a career
in teaching and took the future teacher's course her senior year at
Naperville Central High School. Through the Naperville REACH
program she became involved with a local elementary school in Aurora
where she donated her time and became a pen pal to the children and
helped organize an annual Christmas party for the kids.
Andrea and her sister Christina both love to
read. Ever since they were little, one of their favorite
outings was to Anderson's Bookshop to pick out a new book; it
remained a favorite thing to do on into adulthood. Reading was
always an important part of their lives.
Since 1999 Anderson's has been helping to continue
the spirit of Andrea's work and love of books. By coordinating
the collection of over 25,000 books, the Andrea's Angels program has
been able to place books with hundreds of children who have never
known the joy of owning a book.
Scouting groups, individual classrooms and entire
schools have contributed by organizing book drives and helping with
distribution. Book collection boxes have been placed in both
of Anderson's stores as well as participating classrooms and schools.
Anderson's offers a 10% discount on books
purchased in our stores for this program, 20% for not-for-profit
organizations. If you would like to participate in this
important project, please contact Barb at the Naperville store at