400,000 used textbooks for needy students

Free textbooks being distributed under the Share-A-Textbook Project by NTUC FairPrice at Gan Eng Seng School on Saturday.
Free textbooks being distributed under the Share-A-Textbook Project by NTUC FairPrice at Gan Eng Seng School on Saturday. LIANHE ZAOBAO PHOTO

NTUC FairPrice renewed its annual tradition of collecting used textbooks for needy students, distributing them on Saturday.

The Share-A-Textbook Project achieved its target of 400,000 books this year.

Priority students, shortlisted by volunteer welfare organisations and community development councils, were able to collect their books on Saturday, while members of public could do so yesterday. (See correction note)

Some 20,000 students who were registered under the priority scheme this year are expected to benefit.

The drive helps low-income families save money. Materials available for collection include primary school to tertiary level textbooks, storybooks, dictionaries, encyclopaedias and assessment books.

The public can collect the books at one of the three distribution centres - Warehouse Club at Joo Koon, Gan Eng Seng School in Henderson Road and Yio Chu Kang Secondary School in Ang Mo Kio - between 9am and 3pm.

"This project benefits not only those who have received the books, but also those who have donated and volunteered - giving back to society is an enriching experience and a blessing in itself," said NTUC FairPrice chief executive Seah Kian Peng.


Correction note: The previous version of this story said the public may collect books today. The last day for book collection was yesterday, Dec 13. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2015, with the headline '400,000 used textbooks for needy students'. Print Edition | Subscribe