Thursday, November 12, 2009

FURTHER INFORMATION:             STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873

Gift from Bob Margett Foundation Establishes Program to Help Struggling Citrus Students
By Stacy Armstrong

Pursuing a college education is becoming increasingly expensive, and the rising price of textbooks is contributing to the costs.  In fact, community college students often pay more for textbooks than they pay for tuition.

A recent gift of $10,000 from the Bob Margett Foundation is making it possible for Citrus College to begin alleviating student textbook troubles.   With help from a matching funds campaign, Margett’s donation will be used to establish a book reserve program on campus.

“On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Citrus College and the Citrus College Foundation, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Senator Margett for his support of our students,” said Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District. “His goodwill will undoubtedly go a long way in assuring the realization of many students’ dreams of obtaining a college education.”

During a special reception taking place later this month, the Citrus College Foundation will formally introduce the Senator Bob Margett Library Book Reserve Program.  This new program will make textbooks readily available to students who may not have the finances to purchase them.

“We often hear of students who have dropped their classes or arrive to class unprepared for instruction because they cannot afford to buy the required materials,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president.  “By making textbooks readily available for various written and reading assignments, we are eliminating a major barrier that students face.”

A committee, which would include members of the Associated Students of Citrus College Executive Board, will decide which classes and/or programs would benefit the most from the reserve.   Once these classes and programs are identified, the Citrus College bookstore will ensure that the necessary textbooks are purchased at a competitive price and that a buyback process is in place when new editions are released.

Senator Margett says not only is he happy to be part of the book reserve program, but he is especially pleased with the fact that community members have the opportunity to become involved.

“The matching fund will allow the community to participate in assisting students in reaching their educational goals and support Citrus College’s mission,” he said.

Contributions to the Senator Bob Margett Book Reserve Program can be made to the Citrus College Foundation.  Donations will not only support academic success for Citrus College students, but are also tax deductible.  For additional information, call (626) 914-8825 or e-mail


FURTHER INFORMATION:             STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873