“Razorbacks Read” Seeks to Improve Arkansas Literacy

Wednesday, October 21 at 05:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is joining together with the University of Arkansas in an effort to raise awareness about education and literacy across the state. During the month of October, University of Arkansas students will be hosting an event titled, “Razorbacks Read: Know, Serve, Give.” The Volunteer Action Center (VAC), a student-driven organization dedicated to active service in the community, will facilitate the event. 

The project was inspired by Justin Minkel, a Springdale School District educator who has received national recognition for his “1,000 Books Project” which empowers young students to read and learn to love literacy through the creation of personal libraries. 
During Oct. 21-24, the VAC will be hosting literacy awareness and service events culminating in a Razorback nation book drive at the Auburn football game on Oct. 24. The book drive will benefit six schools in Arkansas: Dermott Elementary in Dermott, William Jefferson Clinton Primary in Hope, Carroll Smith Elementary in Osceola, Chicot Elementary in North Little Rock, Parson Hills Elementary in Springdale, and Westwood Elementary in Springdale, as well as Fayetteville Head Start. 
The purpose of the book drive is to supply every kindergarten through third grade child in these schools with a personal home library (10-15 books). The VAC chose to focus on kindergarten through third grade students because that is the most crucial time period in a student’s reading development. 
In addition to the book drive, Razorbacks Read will include literacy awareness programs, such as presentations by literacy experts, and service projects. Scholastic will also host a book fair Oct. 21-23, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Union Connections Lounge on the University of Arkansas campus. 
Donate online* or drop off books at one of the Arvest locations below Oct. 21-24.
Fayetteville Locations:             
3045 W. Martin Luther King Blvd. (6th St.)
2761 E. Mission Blvd.  
75 N. East Ave.
1170 N. Salem Road
1627 E. Joyce Blvd.
Springdale Locations:
415 W. Emma St.
3950 W. Sunset Ave. 
Razorbacks Read hopes to collect 25,000 books for 2,300 students around the state. Help us invest in Arkansas’s future!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.
Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fayetteville, Springdale
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