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NMSU College of Education hosts community benefit event

The New Mexico State University College of Education will host its inaugural Learning is For Everyone (LIFE) community event Sunday, Oct. 30, to benefit the Children's Reading Foundation of Dona Ana County.

"The Children's Reading Foundation of Dona Ana County focuses on improving literacy throughout the county," said Chelsea Garcia, president of the College of Education's School Psychology Graduate Student Organization, one of the groups organizing the event. "Since reading skills have been shown to be predictive of educational outcomes, we believe the mission of the Children's Reading Foundation is crucial."

Event day registration starts at 8 a.m. at O'Donnell Hall on the NMSU campus. Activities include a children's fair and book drive starting at 8:30 a.m.; a Thriller flash mob starting at 8:45 a.m.; 5-K Halloween costume-fun run starting at 9 a.m.; a pancake breakfast from 9:15-10:15 a.m.; and a Read It flash mob starting at 10 a.m.

LIFE 2011 has been organized by the NMSU College of Education student organizations, including the Counseling Masters Student Association, the Dance Society, the Kinesiology Club, the National Student Speech, Language, Hearing Association and the School Psychology Graduate Student Organization. Each student organization also will receive a portion of the proceeds to use for professional development and conference travel.

"Giving back to the community is fun," said Genevieve Munoz, president of the NMSU student chapter of the National Speech Language Hearing Association. "We are offering various activities that will appeal to a variety of people."

Individual, family, and group registration forms are available at http://education.nmsu.edu/hpdr/index.html. Children under 12 may register for free, and children's fair tickets will be available for 25 cents per ticket. Pre-register by Oct. 20 and receive an event T-shirt.

Bob Wood, department head for the Human Performance, Recreation and Dance Department, said the students and faculty would like this event to become a traditional part of their Homecoming celebration each year.

For more information, contact Wood at 575-646-2441.