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PVM Ambassadors Team with Hanna Center to Promote Literacy

May 31, 2012

Purdue Veterinary Medicine student ambassadors shared a love for reading with children in the Hanna Community Center afterschool program Wednesday (May 30) when they handed out free books as part of a new literary project.  The new initiative, led by third-year veterinary student Jasmine Coe (Class of 2014), is a partnership between PVM, the Hanna Center and Scholastic Books.  In addition to promoting literacy, the program’s goals include building science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills; and fostering diversity.

Along with Jasmine, PVM ambassadors Lauren Avery (Class of 2015), Maggie Placer (Class of 2014) and PVM graduate student Vanessa Hale (PU DVM ’12), joined Dean Willie Reed, Associate Dean for Engagement Sandy Amass, and Scholastic Books representative Anne Sparks for the event at the Hanna Center in Lafayette.  Each Hanna child received four books in a PVM tote. (To see a video, click here) The publications included a book about animals, a multicultural book, a math book and a book written in both English and Spanish.  PVM recently was approved as a member of Scholastic's Literacy Partnership Program in which the company provides books at a reduced cost for partners, who then distribute them for free to children in their communities. The Purdue Office of Engagement provided seed money to launch the new PVM initiative. 

The PVM ambassadors are veterinary medicine and veterinary technology students who work in a variety of programs, including volunteering at Hanna and working with small groups of elementary and middle school students who participate in educational programs at Lynn Hall.  The ambassadors are seeking additional support for the new literacy initiative.  For additional information see the full press release.  

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu