It was National Literacy Month in September, 2014 when Communication Studies graduate student, Alexis Duprey suggested a book drive for the graduate students of the department. Dr. Anne Hubbell mentioned Jardin de los Niños, a homeless childcare program in New Mexico that provides quality education for children.
After some research and connecting speaking with Audrey Hartley, Alexis learned that 90,000 of our nation’s homeless are children and 80 percent are under the age of 3. She also found out that only 38 percent of homeless children score at grade level in reading.
With the help of the Communication Studies department, students, the Chemistry and CMI departments, and numerous family and friends, the Communication Studies graduate students collected over 600 children’s books for Jardin! This was a fantastic community contribution the Communication Studies Graduate Student Association. This group saw the value in helping spread the word about literacy in New Mexico and putting books in the hands of New Mexico children. Everyone in the department is very proud of them.