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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

English Club donates books to Scotland Guardian ad Litem

The English Club at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke dedicated much of the past academic year to raising money for their largest service project to date - buying books for every child represented by the Scotland County’s Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program.

UNCP English Club members standing from left: Amanda Hiser, vice-president; Jeremy Horsley, Tawana Johnson, campus liaison; Daria Bannerman, secretary; Mary Hunter, special events Coordinator; James McRae, Graphic Designer; and Blake Davis, co-president. Kneeling from left: Jessica Mercer, Kaitlyn West, president; and Dr. Therese Rizzo, faculty advisor

UNCP English Club members standing from left: Amanda Hiser, vice-president; Jeremy Horsley, Tawana Johnson, campus liaison; Daria Bannerman, secretary; Mary Hunter, special events Coordinator; James McRae, Graphic Designer; and Blake Davis, co-president. Kneeling from left: Jessica Mercer, Kaitlyn West, president; and Dr. Therese Rizzo, faculty advisor

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In the fall semester, the English Club held a successful bake sale in the foyer of the Adolph L. Dial Humanities Building, and combined with generous donations from English and Theatre Department faculty and staff, the club raised almost $350.

Club members, aided by faculty, decided on some of their favorite books to purchase for approximately 60 children, ranging in age from a few months to 17-years old.

The books were then donated to Scotland County’s Guardian ad Litem program, which recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who act as court-appointed advocates for children who have been removed from their homes by the Department of Social Services.
Many of the children represented by these legal guardians are in foster care or kinship placements, and they do not have the familiar surroundings of home.

“The English Club hopes that by giving each child a book of his or her own, with a special message from club members and friends of the English Club, that we might bring some comfort to a young person in crisis,” said Dr. Therese M. Rizzo, an assistant professor of English. “By giving away books, we share with children in our community the opportunity to discover how stories can create beauty in even the most troubled world.”

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