February 6, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
IN A CHILD’S LIFE.
DONATE A BOOK.
In the spirit of its 75th anniversary, Clark College
offers a unique opportunity
to give a special gift to a local kindergartener
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Honoring its commitment to education and community service – and in the spirit of its 75th anniversary – Clark College is hosting a “75 Book Drive.” The event is sponsored by the college’s Service Learning Program and the Clark College Bookstore.
The purpose is to provide a new copy of “The Real Mother Goose” to each kindergartener at Vancouver’s Washington Elementary School. According to the school principal, Theresa David-Turner, “Since the majority of our students do not have books at home, they are missing the enjoyment of books, and the important opportunity of ‘lap time’ reading by parents.” She adds, “Having experiences with books of their own, students become more confident at school during reading time.” “The Real Mother Goose” was selected by the school because children enjoy the sounds of rhyming words and are drawn to the traditional nursery rhymes.
Books will be available for purchase and donation at the Clark College Bookstore from February 17-27. This special anniversary hardcover edition is available at the bookstore at the reduced rate of $10 per copy. (The publisher’s suggested list price is $10.99.)
The goal is to collect 75 copies to be presented to the children during the first week of March 2009 in support of Read Across America Day (March 2).
Through a grant, Clark College’s Service Learning Program is partnering with Washington Elementary and two other schools in the region to establish projects that support learning through the Partnership for Service in Schools Project. The three schools were each sent an application, due in December, to participate in the book drive. A college committee selected Washington Elementary School based on need and how the gift of 75 books could benefit the students.
For additional information, please contact Kaina Barba at the Clark College Bookstore at 360-992-2617.
The Clark College Bookstore is located in Gaiser Hall on the northern end of Clark’s main campus. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Maps and driving directions are available at www.clark.edu/maps. Information about the bookstore is available at www.clarkbookstore.com
About the Partnership for Service in Schools Project
The Partnership for Service in Schools Project supports K-12 service-learning partnerships that enhance student achievement of disadvantaged youth, increase the coordination of school and college activities, and develop an understanding of civic responsibility among Clark College students.
Key activities for the Partnership for Service in Schools Project at Harney, Washington and Fruit Valley Elementary Schools include:
The Math Club builds students’ knowledge and confidence in mathematics.
The Homework Club offers students a quiet place to do their homework during lunch recess.
The Lunch Buddy Program pairs Clark College employees with elementary students for lunch and conversation.
Read Across America provides a co-curricular service-learning opportunity for college students and faculty to read books and promote literacy among school-age children.
The Partnership for Service in Schools Project – Vision Statement:
“Clark College’s Service-Learning Program will expand our partnerships with K-12 schools and community-based organizations throughout Clark County to improve academic achievement rates of disadvantaged youth, ensuring that more college students have opportunities to serve as part of their academic studies through high-quality service-learning.”