ECED students participate in Cradle to College initiative

Early Childhood Education Methods students at Northwestern State University completed a service project by collecting books and school supplies in an effort to remap the Cradle to Prison Pipeline to a Cradle to College Pipeline in Natchitoches Parish. On the first row are Dr. Michelle Fazio Brunson, director of Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education; Emily Salter and Brooklyn Noe. On the middle roe are Alora Bryant, Mary Alexander, Caroline Matthews, Shalondria Rainey and Kennedy Fontenot. On the back row are Hannah Chanler and Martha Hopewell. Brunson hopes that by providing early literacy activities and familial support to local at-risk students, youngsters will be more likely to stay in school and eventually attend college rather than follow a path to eventual incarceration. Donations of school supplies and books are always needed. To make a contribution, contact Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson at