By Brianna Dunlap
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Everything from textbooks to cellphones land in the lost and found at Camden County College.
The collection in the lost and found on the Blackwood campus usually consists of books, book bags, electronic tablets, phones and thumb drives, said a Public Safety Department representative. Standard procedure is to collect the items, place them on file and store them for a year. If no one claims them within that time, they become part of an annual surplus sale, he said.
“Annually we have an auction. Textbooks get sold to an outside vendor who pays us ‘X’ amount of money. If we get clothes, which we sometimes do, we’ll donate them to a local charity,” he said about the procedure used to handle abandoned items.
He gave a tip for students to increase the chance they will get back a lost thumb drive: “If students could make sure that when they use their thumb drive, for example, to create a Word document that has their name and phone number on there. If we can research that and then call them, we can try to get it back to them.”
As of last Friday, four items were yet to be claimed from the lost and found, said Mary Bohnert, an official in the Public Safety Department. Two were books titled The Longwood Reader, which is commonly used in English courses. One was a math workbook and one was a computer literacy or technology textbook.
Lost books are turned in “probably three to four times a week,” Bohnert said, noting the lost items are in good hands. “We go to every extreme for every student.”