8 August, 2017
Gadsden State Community College faculty, staff and students collected books and financial donations for Anniston High School during a statewide book drive sponsored by the Student Leadership Institute and the Alabama Deans of Student Affairs Association.
“It is with great pride that Gadsden State is able to donate these books through this very important service learning project,” said Tonya Douthitt, an enrollment specialist who spearheaded the project. “The selfless contributions will help aid in the learning process of students who work hard to succeed.”
A donation of $250 and 60 books was presented to Charles D. Gregory Sr., principal at Anniston High School. The purpose of the project is to assist students attending “failing schools” as defined by the Alabama Accountability Act of 2015.
“Literacy is so important to our children,” said Douthitt, who was assisted with the project by fellow enrollment specialist, Whitney Hall. “Nationwide, we have seen a decline in reading scores by six points among high school seniors. Gadsden State wants to do what we can to help improve the literacy statistics in the communities we serve. Literacy plays such a central role in all of our lives.”
Gregory said he appreciates the contribution from Gadsden State.