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04-01-2015

Clarkson University HEOP Students Promote Joy of Reading at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School

Clarkson University Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students are encouraging children to develop a love of reading from an early age.

Clarkson University Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students read to Lawrence Avenue Elementary School students for a Read Across America event to promote the joy of reading.Clarkson HEOP recently participated with Lawrence Avenue Elementary School in their Read Across America event for the seventh year in a row. Read Across America is a nationwide reading celebration that takes places annually in recognition of Dr. Seuss's birthday.

The Clarkson HEOP students volunteered to read to the elementary school class to promote a passion for reading. More than 115 copies of the book Very Special Friends by Jane Chapman were donated to the elementary school for this event.

Clarkson HEOP Assistant Director Erin Cook said students enjoy participating in Read Across America as a positive stress reliever in the middle of the semester.

"Our HEOP students love being part of this activity and appreciate being able to connect with the local elementary students," she said. "All of our students want to encourage others to continue to read as a hobby and always seek educational opportunities in life."

The Clarkson University New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program is funded jointly by the University and a HEOP grant through the New York State Education Department. The program offers college access and a comprehensive academic support system to assist in student academic success.

Learn more about Clarkson HEOP at http://www.clarkson.edu/heop .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students read to Lawrence Avenue Elementary School students for a Read Across America event to promote the joy of reading.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/heop-read-2015.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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