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Duquesne Community Members Read to Children for International Literacy Day

Members of the Duquesne University community will read to young children from neighboring daycare centers at a special “Read-In” to celebrate International Literacy Day.

Scheduled readers include Dr. Ralph Pearson, provost and academic vice president; Dr. Olga Welch, dean of the School of Education; The Hon. Sandra Dougherty, wife of University President Charles J. Dougherty; and nearly 30 students from the School of Education.

“We really want to raise awareness of the importance and value of literacy and reading,” said Dr. Laverna Saunders, University librarian and member of the Duquesne Phi Kappa Phi chapter, an all-discipline honor society that is co-sponsoring the event with the Gumberg Library and the School of Education. “All members of the University community are invited to check a book out of Gumberg Library and join us on the plaza for the Read-In.”

Approximately 75 children from the YMCA/Child Development Center at Duquesne, UPMC Mercy Daycare and Hill House are expected to participate.

“I am delighted to join my colleagues at the University in advancing awareness of literacy,” said Welch. “To awaken the minds of young children to the beauty of the written word is absolutely in line with the mission of the School of Education.”

Attendees can also visit the Allegheny County Library Association’s Bookmobile, which will be on site. Literacy partners for the event, including the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, the Carnegie Library system and Duquesne’s Writing Center, will share information about their programs and opportunities to volunteer.

Originally established in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, International Literacy Day promotes the importance of literacy.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • School of Education students 10 a.m. to noon
  • Sandra Dougherty, 10 a.m.
  •  Olga Welch, 10:30 a.m.
  • Ralph Pearson, 11 a.m.

Where: Gumberg Library Plaza, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Rain site: Duquesne Room of the Duquesne Union.

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