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Urban Education Student Organizations Volunteer During Spring Break

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In the middle of Spring Break, student representatives from the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Department of Urban Education Student Organizations joined together to support the Houston Public Library Foundation’s fundraising campaign kick-off for the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza.

“I was so proud of our students,” said Diane Miller, faculty advisor for UHD-NW Be a Teacher Club. “Their volunteer efforts supported a worthwhile cause, and I was impressed with their generosity during Spring Break. Since many of our students are participating in school-based field work, the timing of this event was quite convenient, actually.”

In the paved area between the original, stately Julia Ideson Building and the current, modernized Jesse H. Jones Building, the Foundation plans to build a children’s puppet theater and reading garden, an adult reading area and a café. The Bull 100.3 morning radio show was on hand, and the Houston mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, James Koski, welcomed the large, lunchtime crowd.

The event was a huge success, and the UHD student volunteers were instrumental in helping the event run smoothly.  The students, pre-service teachers from Downtown, Kingwood, and Northwest campus, worked to recruit attendees at the nearby farmer’s market, distribute giveaway items and welcome attendees to the event.  The following student organizations were represented: UHD-NW Be a Teacher Club, Kappa Delta Pi, UHD-Kingwood Be a Teacher Club, and the Urban Education Literacy Society.

According to Miller, the fundraising kick-off is only the beginning of what she hopes will be a continued collaboration with the Foundation.  In fact, Rose Hinojosa, the Marketing and Events director for the Houston Public Library Foundation, wrote, “Thank you so much for bringing your incredible students to our event yesterday.  It was truly a pleasure and only the beginning of our collaborations together!”

Miller, along with Amelia Hewitt and Christal Burnett, is planning to collaborate with the Foundation for a very special celebration of International Literacy Day in September.

Email Diane Miller at if you would like to join this effort. For more information about how you can support the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza, visit the Houston Library Foundations’ website.