CU student group administers new community service program

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By The Staff

Kentucky Education Association - Student Program Campbellsville University chapter adopted Campbellsville Elementary School's library.

On April 17, NEA, KEA and KEA-SP members gathered alongside other volunteers from the community to host the first annual Outreach to Read Library Make-Over.

The group took on the task to raise enthusiasm about reading, and notify the community about the new opportunities given the by the extended library hours. Group members want every student in the community to have the opportunity to fall in love with books as well as have access to a wide variety of books. Their hope is that the students' outlook on reading change, not only at school, but also in the home and the community.

Through this project, the group's hope was that the Campbellsville Elementary School's library would become a more fun and exciting place for parents and students to enjoy and benefit from.

This event was made possible with the help of a $1,000 grant from the National Education Association Student Program's CLASS Grant and other funds from KEA-SP Campbellsville Chapter.

Dottie Davis, a School of Education instructor at Campbellsville University, said, "As educators, it is of utmost importance to foster the love of reading in children by having access to books. The next important key to academic success is a warm environment conducive to reading, thinking and learning.

"I am excited about the leadership of KEA-SP students in their efforts of securing grant monies to use as a community service project to 'make over' the library at Campbellsville Elementary School. Over 40 volunteers signed up to show encouragement for literacy through light painting and a few embellishments. This service project is our way to communicate a very important message to children and to motivate them in a positive way to keep reading."

CLASS stands for Community Learning through America's Schools and is simply NEA Student members volunteering time and energy to help improve their community, and at the same time, gaining practical experience and growing as professionals. NEA CLASS programs address key educational issues in the community. Since 1989, college students on more than 100 campuses across the country have become involved in giving thousands of children hope and the promise of a better tomorrow.

The NEA Student Program is a grassroots organization that serves 50,000 members nationwide - and includes students preparing for jobs in the education profession. NEA-SP goals include providing opportunities for professional development and leadership training and advocating for student members and their concerns.

For more information, contact Mallory Farquhar, KEA- SP Campbellsville chapter president, at malloryfarquhar@gmail.com or (614) 563-0004.