Year-end sales at Bates, Bowdoin scheduled

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: You are always so helpful to us all in finding important information. I hope you can help us by telling us when Bates and Bowdoin colleges will have their annual end-of-the-school-year sales? Many thanks for this helpful information. — Andrea DeFilipp, apde_filipp@yahoo.com

ANSWER: According to www.bates.edu, Clean Sweep is held the third Saturday in June from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Underhill Arena located at 145 Russell St. Sun Spots talked to Doug Hubley in Bates media relations and verified that the sale will indeed be June 18.

For the Bowdoin sale, Sun Spots emailed with Joanne Adams, the secretary of the Give and Go Sale Committee 2011. She said the public sale is Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Andross. For those with Bowdoin IDs and volunteers, there is a special sale Thursday, June 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.

You might be interested in learning how these sales came to be. Sun Spots found it at www.dumpandrun.org:

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“While at Syracuse University, Lisa Heller, the founder of Dump and Run, lost a ring that her grandmother had given her and decided to check the dumpster for it as a last resort. She never found the ring, but was amazed at what she did find. Upon looking in the dumpster Lisa found many perfectly usable items that had been discarded by students. She found clothing, furniture, lamps, approximately enough canned food to feed a family of four for a week and even a cigar box full of rare stamps, one of which was worth $400.

“Lisa was awestruck by the amount of usable items being sent to the landfill. For the rest of her stay at Syracuse and her first year at the University of Richmond, Lisa saved as many things as she could from the dumpsters. She kept some items for herself, and took the balance of the items and donated them to Goodwill Industries. Her second year at Richmond she collected so many things that she had a lawn sale of her own to raise money for the University debate team and again gave the remaining portion to Goodwill.

“During her third year at Richmond, Lisa was very active in the Sierra Club, and with the help of both Richmond’s on and off campus chapters she organized an official effort to collect and sell the recyclable items. The proceeds from the sale resulted in a sizable donation to the Sierra Club. By 2000, the second year of Lisa’s official effort, the awareness within the campus community about Dump & Run had increased so dramatically that discarded items at the end of the school year had decreased by approximately 50 percent.

“Shortly after Richmond’s Dump & Run event for 2000, Dump & Run was granted it’s 501(c)(3) status and this ambitious nonprofit was born. What began as a one-time project has evolved into a cutting edge environmental organization.”

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Ready Read, a collaboration of the Lewiston-Auburn schools and libraries and Head Start, wants everybody to read 20 minutes a day to preschoolers to make them ready for kindergarten. The problem is that many low-income families do not have any books at home to read to their toddlers.

To remedy the situation, Ready Read will be collecting children’s books through drop boxes placed at Hannaford and Shaw’s supermarkets May 6-15.

Donated books should be new or lightly used board books or picture books. The books will be distributed directly to the families through Head Start, Advocates for Children and other organizations working with families. — No Name via email

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