Read Across America and Literacy Alive!

Join us! Read to children in shelters and centers during the month of March for NEA’s Read Across America and KDP’s Literacy Alive!

  

 

Disaster Relief Project (NEA Grant)

Collection: January 29 thru February 21

Sorting and Packing event: Tuesday, February 27

Story written by Jessica Dunahoo 1.7.18

Houston

The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University will be organizing a disaster relief project funded by a National Education Association (NEA) grant. This event will benefit residents of Texas affected by the hurricanes in fall 2017. Thousands of people lost everything including: their homes, clothing, books, and basic school supplies. This project and grant focuses on helping South Houston High School, along with their students, teachers, and families.  SEA at GSU will be collaborating with the high school, NEA retired teachers, and the SEA chapter at San Jacinto College.

The first goal of the event is to ameliorate the outside area at South Houston High School (SHHS).  The outside area used for lunch and classes was damaged by the hurricane. Money received from the grant will be used to purchase paint, trees, shrubs, and picnic tables. Teachers at SHHS and students in the SEA at San Jacinto College, as well as other people in the community, will spend a day in February installing the picnic tables, planting trees, and painting the outside wall in order to create at least one beautiful area at the school that students, teachers, and the community can enjoy.

The second goal of the disaster relief project is to collect school supplies, as well as personal care items, to be donated to school children in Texas. The donation drive for this event will take place between January 29 and February 21, 2018.  Items for this project will can be dropped off at the SEA office (G228) or in one of the donation boxes in G building, 2nd floor until February 21st. The culminating event of this project will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 3-5pm in the G Atrium/Lobby. At this time, SEA members, faculty, and other volunteers will work together to sort items and package them for transport to Texas.

Donations: we are accepting only certain items that are listed on the flyer (please do not drop off other stuff). We are also accepting cash donations to purchase paint, trees, and shrubs.

For more information, please visit the SEA at GSU website and social media.  If you have any questions, or would like to donate or volunteer, please contact the student officers or faculty advisors organizing this project.

Student leaders: Jessica White (jwhite7@student.govst.edu), Reyna Hernandez (rhernandez7@student.govst.edu)

Faculty advisors: Dr. Katy Hisrich (khisrich@govst.edu), Dr. Xiaobo She (xshe@govst.edu), Dr. Amy Vujaklija (avujaklija@govst.edu)

Education for Sustainability: Monday November 6, 3:00-5:00

SustainableFutureStory written by: Jessica Dunahoo

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) at Governors State University are organizing a political action event, Education for Sustainability, on Monday, November 6th, 2017 from 3:00-5:00pm in the E-lounge. This event will include guest speakers on homelessness, domestic violence, long-term illness and disasters. The speakers will focus on children and families who are having personal difficulties or are in traumatic situations and discuss how these circumstances affect their learning, health, and well-being.  Additionally, they will provide strategies for educators, social workers, and psychologists on working with these populations. This is extremely beneficial to future and current teachers and psychologists, who will be equipped with new knowledge and ways of thinking which are necessary to improve our community. Michelle Westergaard and Brianna Fabsits, student leaders of SEA and KDP, are planning and organizing this event with the assistance of Dr. Megan McCaffrey and Dr. Marlon Cummings, faculty advisors for the SEA and KDP.

houseHomelessness

According to Covenant House, 194,716 people were homeless in 61,265 families with children, representing 35 percent of the total homeless population in 2016.

heartLong-Term Illness

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 3.2% of children aged 5-11 have missed 11 or more days of school in the past 12 months because of illness/injury.

crossNatural Disasters

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention expresses that children experience more mental stress from disasters as a result from feeling less of a sense of control.

domesticviolenceDomestic violence

According to the Domestic Violence Roundtable, 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.

To RSVP, contact Michelle Westergaard, mwestergaard@student.govst.edu.

For more information, contact Brianna Fabsits, bfabsits@student.govst.edu.

Pet-Palooza – need volunteers & donations!

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Join us for Pet-Palooza on Saturday, June 17th from 12-3pm in Orland Park!  This event supports the local pet food pantry of Orland Township.

Admission: bag of pet food.  The event will have family games, live music, food, vendors, contests, events, etc. Bring family, friends, and pets!

**Want to volunteer?  We need people to set-up/clean-up, artists, DJs, photographers, military or police dog trainer, pet vendors. We also need donations of pet supplies and items to raffle, like gift cards.

Contact us! Gwen Medrano gmedrano@student.govst.edu or Dr. Katy E. Hisrich khisrich@govst.edu

https://www.facebook.com/orlandtownshippetpalooza

Flyers: Pet-Palooza 2017 Official Flyer and  flyer, pet-palooza on 6.17.17 – SEA, vF

#OTPetPalooza #PetParty #SEAatGSU #GovSt #savetheanimals #pets #petowners #petfest

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