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Inauguration Celebration of Winthrop University's 10th President
Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock

Ways to Engage

Community Service

Book-a-RamaWinthrop and Rock Hill Reads announces Book-a-Rama: a Children’s Book Drive to celebrate Dr. Jamie Comstock’s inauguration as Winthrop’s 10th president.

The goal is to collect 5,000 new or gently loved children’s books (for Pre-K through Grade 5) for distribution to high-need elementary schools within Rock Hill Schools and NETScope schools (in York, Clover, Fort Mill, Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield, Cherokee, and Union counties). Donated books also will support summer reading initiatives.

Plan to attend Winthrop's Book-a-Rama Day of Service on campus at the West Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All area middle schools have been invited to join our Book-a-Rama Middle School Challenge to raise books for their elementary partners and win a pizza party for the class collecting the most books in their school. Book donations will be accepted through March 27, 2014.

How You Can Participate

  • Come out and volunteer with us! To sign up as a volunteer, please visit for an event ‘ticket.’
  • Donate new or gently used children’s books. We are collecting pre-school through fifth grade books. Donations may be dropped off on campus at Winthrop University's Career and Civic Engagement office in 129 Crawford Building, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Make a financial contribution to our Winthrop University Virtual Book-A-Rama. It only takes $2.50 to purchase a book for a child!

Lead Organizations

  • Early Learning Partnership of York County
  • Rock Hill Reads
  • Rock Hill Schools
  • Sylvia Echols, Community Chairperson
  • Winthrop University

Book Drop-off Locations

  • Allen Tate Realtors - Rock Hill office
  • Bella Cole Salon – Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill
  • City of Rock Hill:
    • Human Resources Office at City Hall
    • The Law Center
    • Housing & Neighborhood Services
    • Operations Center on Anderson Road
  • Comporium - all locations York and Lancaster counties
  • Family Trust Federal Credit Union – all York County locations
  • First Citizens Bank - all York County branches
  • Lancaster County Schools
    • South Middle School
  • Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church – Rock Hill
  • Rock Hill Schools
    • Rawlinson Middle School
  • Westminster Catawba Christian School
  • Williams & Fudge Corporation
  • Winthrop University Center for Career & Civic Engagement – Crawford Building
  • York County Library – Rock Hill branch
  • York Preparatory Academy
  • York School District
    • York Middle School

Onward. Upward. Winthrop Ever Stand.
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