Bravo for Locally Exceptional Readers initiative

Thanks to Minot State University’s Student North Dakota United (SNDU) and Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC), an initiative to distribute as many books as possible to area PK-6 students will soon be underway.

According to a press release, the Locally Exceptional Readers event will have special emphasis on meeting the educational needs of the students.

“Locally Exceptional Readers is a movement designed to create a bridge between the local bookstores and exceptional readers in elementary schools of our dear Minot community,” said SCEC Officer Whitney “Dayanne” Omeir, in the press release. “Numerous Minot State University students and faculty from all backgrounds and knowledge have come together and decided to be that bridge. The bridge that will allow students to experience, discover, and learn more about many different cultures, places, and stories that can only be found in books from our community.”

To begin, SNDU and SCEC will be selling baked goods through March 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on the first floor of Old Main. The cost of the baked good will either be $1 or a new/gently-used donated children’s (PK-6) book. After the bake sale, the clubs will continue to accept new or gently used books through April 6. There will be tubs to donate books to in Old Main, Swain, Memorial, and the Student Center as well as at local bookstores and businesses in downtown Minot.

“We are organizing a book drive to help raise books to give to local students here in Minot and the surrounding areas,” SNDU President Savannah Harbaugh said, in the press release. “The SNDU and SCEC clubs are partnering together in hopes of raising a greater amount of books to give to more students than in previous years. Our hope is that we can hand out books to as many students as we can and have members from our clubs go out and read a book to the students.”

After the books have been collected, the clubs will work with local schools and classrooms to distribute the books to students, and this will include matching books with individual student’s educational needs and interests.

Hearty thanks is due to the organizers, for recognizing the value of books in the hands of children, identifying a way to help and launching the initiative.

Good job.