TAMPA, Fla. (November 8) –
The Warrick Dunn Family Foundation (WD-FF) announced over the weekend that it will be collaborating with The Florida State University (FSU) School of Library & Information Studies to provide home libraries for single-parent families selected through the Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program. Warrick Dunn, former FSU running back and College of Communication & Information graduate, formally announced the collaboration during the College of Communication & Information 2010 Convocation & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, November 6. There, Dunn was honored as the 2010 Distinguished Alumni of the Year representing the School of Library and Information Studies.
The goal of this collaboration is to provide HFTH families with an extensive collection of books and other educations materials to nurture and inspire their interest and love for reading and literacy and was conceived by SLIS faculty member, Dr. Nancy Everhart, current President of the American Association of School Librarians. Everhart and faculty members Drs. Melissa Gross, Don Latham, and Marcia Mardis are working with graduate students in their classes to select appropriate materials for the families. These materials are being provided by Follett Library Resources.
“This service-learning project highlights the unique skills that our faculty and students can provide to the community,” says Everhart.
Fall 2010 marks the beginning of this pilot program, extending this opportunity to families located in Tallahassee, Fla. with plans to replicate and expand this university-collaboration to WD-FF’s other markets: Atlanta, Ga.; Baton Rouge, La.; and, Tampa, Fla.
“The collaboration with FSU supports our mission of providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged single parents and their children,” said Jennifer Maxwell, executive director of WD-FF. “Increasing literacy guarantees that future generations will thrive and the opportunity to expand the program in our other markets, is key.”