NSU faculty, Natchitoches defender present Cradle to College information

Two NSU faculty and the Natchitoches District Defender presented the Cradle to College initiative to Gov. John Bel Edwards Tuesday. From left are Dr Christy Hornsby, Edwards, Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson and Brett Brunson, J.D.

NATCHITOCHES – Natchitoches District Defender Brett Brunson, J.D., and Northwestern State University School of Education Professors Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson and Dr. Christy Hornsby met with Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Children’s Cabinet in Baton Rouge Tuesday. Brunson, Fazio-Brunson and Hornsby shared the collaborative NSU Early Childhood Education and Natchitoches District Defender’s Office service learning project to remap the Cradle to Prison Pipeline to a Cradle to College Pipeline in Louisiana. Brunson outlined his efforts to reduce incarceration and recidivism rates in Louisiana, while Fazio-Brunson and Hornsby described strategies for providing intervention and support for young children growing up in poverty to boost children’s literacy skills.

“What began as a small project in a single Early Childhood class has now expanded across the School of Education, including the Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Development program, and across NSU, encompassing multiple colleges, student organizations and NSU Athletics, along with community partners including Alpha Delta Kappa, Alpha Theta Chapter,” Fazio-Brunson said.

Individuals interested in donating children’s books or school supplies, can email Fazio-Brunson at faziom@nsula.edu.