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Book fairies pay visit to elementary school

Thu., Dec. 17, 2009

Whitworth University senior Kari Lanham helps kindergarten students at Whitman Elementary School choose from books that were donated by the Spokane Area Council for the International Reading Association. Courtesy of Whitworth University (Courtesy of Whitworth University)
Whitworth University senior Kari Lanham helps kindergarten students at Whitman Elementary School choose from books that were donated by the Spokane Area Council for the International Reading Association. Courtesy of Whitworth University (Courtesy of Whitworth University)

Whitworth University education students, dressed as “book fairies,” surprised the children at Whitman Elementary School last Thursday and read stories to them as part of a community outreach project.

According to a press release from the university, the project has been integrated into a Whitworth education course that is focused on reading and intended to promote literacy.

Whitworth associate professor of education Lisa Laurier teaches the class that conducts the project. Laurier serves on the board of Spokane Area Council for the International Reading Association. Whitworth senior education major Sophie Barron is the student coordinator for the community project.

For more information, call Lisa Laurier at (509) 777-3263 or e-mail llaurier@whitworth.edu, or call Sophie Barron at (509) 777-3263.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at raineyc@spokesman.com.


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