And help is coming from beyond schools; independent foundations have helped pick up the cost of transporting the supplies to the Middle East.
Some could argue that these are luxury goods and that we should focus more on basic needs. After all, the U.S. government has dropped several book exchange programs.
But for college students, this is an invaluable start. Sophomore Tobiason said, "I see education as extremely important in changing the future of Iraq. In the long-term what prevents wars and saves lives is education."
Devin Opotzner, of the University of Rochester's Student Association for the Development of Arab Cultural Awareness (SADACA), said she knows the effort will have a concrete benefit for Iraq. "There will be at least one Iraqi student who will learn from our contribution, and that, for me, makes it all worthwhile."
For more information on Books for Baghdad, visit their Web site: http://www.booksforbaghdad.org/