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Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Joins United Way of Portage County in the Big Red Bookshelf Project

Posted Mar. 17, 2014

On March 19 in the lobby area of the Kent Student Center, volunteers from Kent State University’s Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs will construct and paint bookshelves that will be placed in early childhood education facilities around Portage County.

Concurrent with the assembly of the bookshelves, the division is running a book drive for new and gently used children’s books, suitable for children from birth through third grade. The book drive has drop-off points in the following buildings:

  • Kent Student Center: Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • Schwartz Center: Snack area and main entrance
  • Twin Towers: Office of Student Conduct and mailbox area
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center: Check-in desk
  • DeWeese Health Center: Lobby
  • Tri-Towers: Mailbox area

The book drive will conclude on March 19 at the Kent Student Center.

The inspiration for The Big Red Bookshelf project came from Kent State senior Leigh Knaus while doing an internship at the United Way. Two bookshelves have already been built and placed in child care centers, and children can choose a book and take it home. Research has shown that more than 60 percent of Portage County kindergarteners need supplemental instruction, and giving them access to printed material is a successful way to improve reading achievement.

For more information about the Big Red Bookshelf project, contact Brian Duchon at the United Way of Portage County at briand@uwportage.org. For more information about the March 19 event, contact Barb Boltz at bboltz@kent.edu.