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Palomar College class’s book fair to benefit homeless youth

On Thursday, December 8, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., a group of students in Palomar College’s Media Studies Program will host the “Turning Pages Book Fair” to benefit StandUp for Kids, a San Diego-based non-profit that provides support and services for homeless youth.

The book fair will take place in front of the Student Union in the middle of the Palomar College campus in San Marcos. Visitor parking is available and the book fair is open to the public.

Somewhere between 1.5 and 2.8 million youth in the United States are living on the streets, and an estimated 13 homeless kids die each day from disease, abuse or suicide. StandUp for Kids was founded in San Diego in 1990 to help provide homeless youth with support, life skills, food and hygiene supplies, health-related services and other resources to increase the likelihood these kids will survive and ultimately transition to life off the streets.

The “Turning Pages” Book Fair & Awareness Campaign aim to raise awareness about the plight of homeless youth and all the valuable work StandUp for Kids does to combat this problem, as well as to raise funds to assist StandUp for Kids accomplish its mission.

An additional goal of the book fair is to provide people who love to read, and/or who are looking for great holiday gifts, with an option that is much more affordable than what they’d ever find online or in a retail store. The unique twist on the “Turning Pages Book Fair” is that it has a “Say What You Pay” set-up.

Customers will be allowed to purchase up to five books for one dollar each, but beyond five, they will be encouraged to name their price. $10 might get someone 15 gently-used or near-new books, for instance. Palomar students, staff and faculty, as well as the public at large are encouraged to attend the fair, find great bargains, and support a terrific cause.

For more information, email Shaely Norris at, and follow the “Turning Pages” campaign on social media now through December 10.

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