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Director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning Receives National Literacy Grant

RELEASED: May 16, 2006

Donald Mowry
Donald Mowry

EAU CLAIRE — Donald D. Mowry, director for the Center for Service-Learning and First Year Experience at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was awarded a 2006 Literacy Grant worth $2,500 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He is one of 16 recipients nationwide to receive such an award.

Mowry along with other chapter volunteers, will use the grant to support their literacy program, "First Books for Reading Partners." This project brings together two literacy programs to better serve the needs of young children who are learning English as a second language. Phi Kappa Phi funds will be used to purchase approximately 900 books along with supplies for two literacy events, an annual Literacy Renaissance Festival and a recognition/reward event.

Also participating in the literacy program is Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator of student development and programs and the UW-Eau Claire and Phi Kappa Phi chapter secretary.

The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants program was initiated in 2003 to provide an opportunity for campus chapters and individual members to reach out to local communities to share with them the love of learning.

Because Phi Kappa Phi is a multi-disciplinary society of students and scholars from large and small institutions located in urban and rural communities, applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevancy to their disciplines and to the needs of their communities. To date, Phi Kappa Phi has awarded more than $90,000 in literacy grants.

Mowry received the grant during an April 17 event in Baton Rouge, La.

For more information, contact Mowry at (715) 836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

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JB

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