NSU First Lady initiates literacy project

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Northwestern State University First Lady Jennifer Maggio has initiated a service project, Forks up for Literacy: The 1884 Campaign, with the goal of collecting 1,884 new and gently used books for children ages 5-15. The books will be distributed to schools and youth facilities throughout north Louisiana. Maggio, who was an educator and school administrator for several years, recently read one of her children’s favorite books to pre-k students at L.P. Vaughn Elementary. Those students are Cameron Graham, Jae’dyn Brown, John Wright IV, Devon Robinson, Jamarion Owens, Zaela Howard, Kevon Efferson Jr., Lakyn Miller, Gonzalo Gonzalez, My’Rhyia Spearman, Ivory Davis, Jalasia Lewis, Christeun Jones and Brooklyn Reeves. Anyone who would like to donate to the book drive is invited to drop off books at Collins Pavilion during the pregame tailgate at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For more information, email Maggio at maggioj@nsula.edu.