Union’s Day of Remembrance - School of Education Collects and Distributes Books
December 15, 2012 - Union University’s School of Education recently participated in a book drive and subsequent book distribution as a part of the university’s annual Day of Remembrance. In November 2003, President Dockery and members of the Senior Leadership Team at Union set aside a Day of Remembrance as a way for the Union community to give back to our local community. The day of active service was initially designated as an outgrowth of the support that was shown to Union following a tornado that struck the Jackson campus on November 9, 2002. The Jackson area community had been extensively supportive of Union, and the event has become a small way for Union to reciprocate support to the community.
As once again demonstrated this year, Union’s School of Education has chosen to give back by collecting and distributing books to local schools. Customarily, School of Education faculty and students participate in the book donation on a date designated by Union’s administration. However, as occurred this year, many students decided to participate in other service activities on the official date of the event, as they desired to give back in multiple ways. Such scheduling also provided students with an opportunity to distribute the collected books as a part of their field experience in local schools.
School of Education faculty members, Sandy Hathcox and Dr. Kenneth Newman, have both been instrumental in overseeing the department’s Day of Remembrance activities. Sandy Hathcox served as the chairperson for the event from 2003-2011. This year, however, she decided to help Dr. Kenneth Newman, as he serves as the Day of Remembrance chairperson for 2012. In relation to the event, Dr. Newman states, “Both students and teachers express their appreciation for the books added to their classroom libraries. One teacher recently told me that she is using the books as read-alouds and that her students anxiously await the next one. Their favorite one has been an informational text titled ‘Apples.’”
The School of Education’s book drive this year included 40 participants and 5 schools. The event distributed over 400 books to local schools and students, as it has continued to be a way for the School of Education to demonstrate its appreciation for the local community.