Vol. 17, No. 30May 7, 1998

Student volunteers start 'book nook' for Bear kids

UD volunteers Scott Morrison and Ellen Fryer read to an interested student during a recent visit to the Bear Boys and Girls Club homework room.

Thanks to concerned students in the University's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honorary society, a book nook will be set up at the Boys and Girls Club in Bear, and residents of the Millcroft Senior Living Community will get to attend a prom. The two projects are examples of the group's strong focus on community outreach.

Juniors Scott Morrison, who tutored at the Boys and Girls Club last year and will be chapter president next year, and Maria D'Aguiar, vice president, led a group of student bookfinders. They talked to the University Bookstore, Borders Books and individual donors and rounded up more than 400 books. From picture books to chapter books, kids will be able to read for pleasure in a section of the club's homework room.

Not only that, the students recorded some of the books and are donating tape recorders and headphones.

"Some of the children do not come from a reading background. In conjunction with Reading Is Fundamental week, we wanted to help provide a reading environment where kids could read, browse, use their imaginations and enjoy books in a relaxing atmosphere," Morrison, an elementary education major, said.

On Friday, May 8, the group will perform a different kind of service. For the second year, they are helping with a Senior Prom for the residents of Millcroft. The students help the women residents get ready for the event by doing their hair and nails, then provide music, refreshments, demonstrate new dances and take instant photographs of the participants, chapter adviser, Angela Case, human resources, education and public policy, said.

Photo by Jack Buxbaum