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Education Department Collects Books, Donations to Support Local Elementary School

The education department at Cedar Crest College kicked off its International Literacy Day collection effort in support of a local school on Sept. 8. (From left) Student Michelle Barry Whitman puts books into a collection container, as faculty members Jill Purdy and Meridith Gibbons look on.

Once again, faculty, staff and students of the education department at Cedar Crest College are collecting books and monetary donations to support an Allentown elementary school to mark International Literacy Day on Sept. 8. Members of the department will attend the annual open house at McKinley Elementary School on Sept. 15, and present donated items and funds to Principal Rick Kern.

“Every semester local school districts, including Allentown, agree to place our pre-service teachers in their buildings. To say the least, we are thankful. Through various events, such as International Literacy Day, we have the opportunity to give back and support literacy in our schools,” said Meridith Gibbons, assistant professor of education.

Michelle Barry Whitman, an undergraduate education student at Cedar Crest, added: “Literacy is so important in our schools, because a lot of the children don’t have access to books at home.”

The education department began collecting items on International Literacy Day, and those wishing to make a contribution can stop by Curtis Hall and do so by Tuesday, Sept. 14.







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