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Verbatim: Defiance class conducts book drive

Statement as distributed Thursday by Defiance College:

DEFIANCE, Ohio – In celebration of The National Education Association’s Read Across America on March 1, Defiance College’s early childhood education class is hosting a book drive. The book drive is underway through March 8 for new or gently used children’s literature.

Drop-off locations for the book drive are: Biggby Coffee, Wal-Mart Supermarket, St. John’s United Church of Christ, The State Bank and Trust Company (main office), St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Defiance College’s Defiance Hall, and Point Place United Church of Christ, 4920 297th Street, Toledo.

Donated books will be given to children who attend the “Horton Hears a Story” literacy event to be held Saturday, April 20, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Defiance College Pilgrim Library.

During this literacy event, children and parents will be engaged in reading activities to enhance or improve the reading skills of young children. Dr. Karen McCoy, assistant professor of early childhood, will give a presentation to parents on parental involvement. DC’s teacher candidates will facilitate various educational activities with the children.

The parents will receive a literacy handbook developed by early childhood teacher candidates. The children participating in the literacy event will receive the featured book, Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss.

To learn more about this effort or to register your child, contact Dr. Sandra Golden, associate provost of Graduate Studies and Professional Development and associate professor of education, at 419-783-2412 or by email at

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is

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