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Beginning in March 2008, the 20/20 program has sponsored an Alternative Spring Break for RCOE students. Students travel to the Qualla Boundary, home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian to work with Cherokee children at the Dora Reed Center (Cherokee Head Start) and at Cherokee Elementary School. ASU senior Nicole Lemmon said the experience was "a personally rewarding and educational experience." Cassie Ledbetter called the trip "inspiring" and "a life changing experience." Lisa Hash said...
In recognition of January being Poverty Awareness Month the 20/20 Program partnered with local businesses for the first Pizza versus Poverty project. On the last three Fridays of January elementary education majors and faculty picked up and delivered pizzas to needy local families. These families were identified through a partnership with local churches: Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church and Bethany Lutheran Church. Thanks to the efforts of these students and faculty, 10 families...
In memory of RCOE Elementary Education student Tammy Harrold, who succumbed to breast cancer in 2008, each February and March the Reich College of Education sponsors a fundraising drive in cooperation with the American Cancer Society.
Under the direction of Dr. William Peacock, the Blue Ridge Family Literacy Project provides students with the chance to collect and record the stories of families in the Appalachian State University community. This is a powerful experience and a great opportunity for future teachers to witness history from the lives of those who lived it.
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