IP Foundation continues support of Cradle to College initiative

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Kelly Trumbo, right, representing the International Paper Foundation, presented a donation to Dr. Michelle Fazio Brunson in continued support of the Cradle to College initiative, which provides literacy supplies to at-risk youngsters and their families. Brunson spearheads the project, which is intended to provide extra support to children before they begin falling behind in school.

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University was awarded $1,000 from International Paper’s Campti Mill and the International Paper Foundation to support the Cradle to College initiative, a project that seeks to remap the path for at-risk youngsters by providing early literacy activities and support to children and families with limited resources so that children can engage in literacy activities at home with their parents.

Kelly Trumbo, communications coordinator at International Paper’s Red River Mill, presented the donation to Dr. Michelle Fazio Brunson, professor of early childhood education at Northwestern State.

The Cradle to College initiative is an on-going project in which NSU students and faculty collect supplies and purchase materials to make family literacy bags for preschool and kindergarten students in Natchitoches Parish.  Brunson began the project as a way to provide extra support to children who live below the poverty line before they begin falling behind in school.

The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com.

Brunson said donations of school supplies and books are always needed. To make a contribution, contact her at faziom@nsula.edu.