Students to spruce up Reek cafeteria

(Published Jan. 22, 2007, 10:38 a.m.)

The George Williams College of Aurora University chapter of the Student Wisconsin Education Association is helping to liven up a local elementary school through a community service project.

On February 9-11, 2007, the Aurora chapter will be at Reek Elementary School in the Linn Joint 6 School District working to make the lunchroom a brighter, more suitable place to gather.

This project is funded in large part with a C.L.A.S.S.(Community Learning Through America's Schools) Grant from the National Education Association's Student Program.

Throughout the next few months, Student WEA will hold fundraisers and will also be actively seeking to gather volunteers. Working with the local community and members of the Aurora chapter will be parents, students and teachers from Reek Elementary.

C.L.A.S.S. projects are taking place all over the country. Since 1989, college students on more than 200 campuses have become involved in giving thousands of children hope for a better tomorrow through community service and outreach.

"This is an exciting time for our community," Jenny Lathrop, president of the Aurora University Student Education Association was quoted as saying in a news release. "All kids deserve a great place to learn, and we think this will really make a difference in the learning environment at Reek Elementary."

Many in the teaching community agree with this sentiment and believe that this renovation project will help foster a better feeling of community within the school and help the students to feel even more excited about their school as well. For more information, please contact Jenny Lathrop at (262) 245-8780 or jlathrop01@aurora.edu.

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