With the help of University friends and family, the Holiday ROAR book drive was a success!

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Student Speech-Language Pathologists Donates Over 1,100 Books

Jan 28, 2013

Earlier this year President Eibeck announced that Pacific will be starting a new tradition by hosting the Holiday ROAR as part of her Beyond Our Gates early literacy campaign.  Holiday ROAR is a month-long campus-wide book drive to benefit underprivileged children in San Joaquin County.  Donations will benefit Reach Out and Read (ROAR) San Joaquin, a local non-profit that works with pediatricians to hand out books to needy children during check-ups.

In light of the holiday spirit and goodness of their hearts, student speech-language pathologists worked together to collect and purchase books.  With encouragement from Professor Simalee Smith-Stubblefield '83, Vera Wolfenbarger '13 and the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) donated over 1,100 books to President Eibeck's Holiday ROAR.

"Originally NSSLHA set a goal of 150 books then we increased it to 500.  I'm so excited that we met and beat our goal.  The more books we could collect for the book drive the more children will benefit," said Wolfenbarger.

NSSLHA's book drive was successful because of Wolfenbarger's strategic approach. In addition to reaching out to classmates and faculty members through email, she made purchases through her son's pre-school Scholastic new book club. She created a list of books at the price of one dollar from his book orders and asked her classmates for donations.  She said it gave students who were too busy to go shopping an opportunity to participate in the book drive.

A speech-language pathologist plays a key role in literacy which makes early literacy a very important subject.  If a child reads at an early age, it help decrease literacy problems. Participating in the book drive allowed Wolfenbarger to learn more about ROAR San Joaquin and that her hard work can make a difference to one of the four million children served annually by organization.

"For many children, this is the first book they will receive.  The thought of being able to give so many children their very first book was the fuel to my fire," said Wolfenbarger. ·        

For more information on ROAR visit the National Center website at www.reachoutandread.org.

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Dua Moua   Dua Moua '09 is the Marketing Communications Assistant at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Pacific.