Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Feb 04 2002

Reading Council Raises Money for Schools Flooded Last July

Athens, W.Va. - Last year’s catastrophe in southern West Virginia created by the flood of July 8 prompted several groups from around the area to rush to the aid of victims in McDowell and Wyoming counties. Besides tragic personal losses to the residents of these coalfield counties, damage extended to a variety of public buildings. Several schools sustained water damage to their structures and contents.

Reacting to this urgent need, the Concord College Reading Council recently held a series of fund-raising projects to help replace books destroyed by the flooding. As a result of their fund-raising efforts, the Reading Council contributed $500 to a group of elementary and middle schools located in the area affected by the floods.

In December, the Reading Council presented donations of $100 each to Berlin McKinney Elementary, Pineville Elementary, Kimball Elementary, Oceana Middle School, and Mullins Middle School. The funds were raised in October and November through a sale of decorative candles, an education basket raffle, and a book fair held in the Concord College Stateroom.

Members of the Reading Council are future teachers who attend Concord College, are concerned with local issues and are dedicated to promoting literacy and improving achievement in reading for lifelong learning.

Kathy Hawks, assistant professor of education at Concord praised the Reading Council as "a very ambitious group of students who share a passion for literacy and compassion for the victims of the flooding."

Besides raising money to help replace books destroyed in the July 8 flood, the Reading Council has been involved with other benevolent projects in this area. Recent activities include presenting new books to every student at Sun Valley Elementary School, and reading stories to children while dressed in story-related costumes.

Although the Reading Council is comprised of students in the field of education, membership is open to anyone interested in promoting literacy. For more information, contact Kathy Hawks at 1-304-384-5399.

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Concord College Notes: Keith Circle, a student in Concord College’s Communication Arts Department wrote this press release. His hometown is Athens, W.Va. His anticipated graduation date is August 2003.

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