Math club fundraise for 10 years going

Sebastian Echeverry

It’s simple math.

The Math Club is hosting a book sale through Thursday.

Students give books or buy books and all the proceeds go to the SU CASA organization, who specialize in preventing domestic abuse.

The goal in sight for the club is to raise over $1,000.

President of the Math Club Ruben Alvarez said that the club has been helping SU CASA for at least 10 years.

“This happens once a year, every year, for at least the last 10 years,” he said. “So basically we collect books throughout the entire year and we try to host this event with SU CASA.”

According to Alvarez books range from novels and short stories to text books and reference books.

The novels and short stories go for about $1 through $5 and the textbooks and reference books go for $10 through $40.

Alvarez says the books the clubs collect include Cerritos College textbooks and that they are mostly students’ favorite because they could use them to complete classwork.

He said, “Last year we raised over $800 and our goal for this year is to raise over $1,000.”

“Our first day, on Monday, we raised over $300.”

As long as they are out there, Alvarez said he wants to keep the amount raised at the end of each day $300.

“100 percent of the proceeds go to [SU CASA], so that’s like the biggest event that the Math Club does every year, its our way to volunteer,” he said.

According to Alvarez, today is the longest day, they will be out there from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in an effort to give access to the night-time students.

Alvarez said he feels the love and support the students want to give to the community because a price offered to the buyer, for example $5, is over-payed to $40 all coming from the goodness of the student’s heart.

“It’s really nice when we see stuff like that, because it shows that Cerritos College students really care,” Alvarez said.

Ariel Perez, aerospace engineer major, helped the club from Monday to Tuesday helping with book look-ups and customer service with students.

According to Perez, the books that mostly get donated to the cause are textbooks.

She said, “There was this [woman] that said she had all these textbooks laying around the house and she didn’t know what to do with them.”

“We mostly get textbooks because students don’t know what to do with them.”

According to Perez, the highest amount of activity can be seen around noon.

Ulises Villa is an ESL student that was looking for books that could help him with his English classes.

He said, “It is great that they are helping the SU CASA organization because there are people that have to live with violence at home.”