Ludacris and DoSomething Launch Epic Book Drive For New Orleans Kids

More than 80 percent of the schools in New Orleans were damaged by Hurricane Katrina when it smacked into the Crescent City back in 2005. 

Katrina's floodwaters didn't just inundate classrooms and gymnasiums—they also washed away countless school libraries.

Even today, more than five years after the disaster, there is only one book for every 300 kids in New Orleans public schools district.

That's why DoSomething.org and Better World Books are coming together for what they're calling an Epic Book Drive

And they've enlisted multi-Platinum selling rapper Ludacris to help.

Luda and DoSomething.org are asking young people across America to collect books to help restock library shelves in New Orleans. 

Kids can register their book drives at EpicBookDrive.com. To help sweeten the deal, the school that collects the most books will win a $1000 donation to bulk up their own library, as well as a party for the entire student body. In addition, all participating kids will be entered to win a $500 college scholarship and books signed by Ludacris and his celebrity friends. 

The Recovery School District of New Orleans currently serves more than 30,000 students at traditional public and public charter schools across the city. 

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The campaign is giving something as simple as a book to a student in a much needed area like the Recovery District so they can have the opportunity to read, communicate and be inspired. -Tire Works