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Not for publication

Oct. 14, 1999 -- No. 628

36 Snow Hill kids affected by floods to get free toys, books Friday (Oct. 15)

Visual opportunity on Friday, Oct. 15:
Presentation of individual, age-appropriate bags of toys, books to children
10:30 a.m., Greene County Education Center, 602 W. Harper St., Snow Hill

While other agencies rounded up food, clothing and necessities for eastern North Carolinians whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Floyd, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill education graduate students went into overdrive this week to cheer up children facing the long rebuilding process.

The students, who work with Carolina Family Literacy Studies -- a research program of UNC-CH’s School of Education and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center -- regularly visit to document activities of the Greene County Family Literacy Program at 602 Harper St. in Snow Hill. The program serves 36 children aged 8 and younger, whose parents also participate to complete their education or learn English as a second language. Twenty-six of the children, ages 1-4, will be on hand with their parents Friday to receive bags of toys. The other 10 children participate in the program at other sites.

After these families lost belongings to recent hurricane-spawned floods, the Carolina students began collecting and buying books and toys for the children, getting help from faculty members, churches, Scholastic Books and individuals. Barnes & Noble of Chapel Hill donated bags, which the students filled with items appropriate for each child’s age. Spanish books were located for families needing those. Wednesday and Thursday, the students loaded gifts into their own vans for delivery Friday in Snow Hill, thereby filling half their fall break from the university -- Oct. 14-17 -- with service activity.

The Carolina students plan similar deliveries later to six more eastern North Carolina sites affected by the floods.


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UNC-CH School of Education contacts: Dr. Barbara Wasik, 919-962-9197; Suzie Herrman, 919-962-3554
Greene County Family Literacy Program contact, Snow Hill: Lou Anne Shackelford, 252-747-4300
UNC-CH News Services contacts: Karen Moon (broadcast), 919-962-8595, and L.J. Toler (print), 962-8589