Lake Erie College seeks to “Bridge the Word Gap” in children’s literacy


At Lake Erie College, education students in EDE 308 Community Service are putting their lessons into action.

Titled “Bridge the Word Gap,” the students are launching a project meant to put new and gently used books into the hands and homes of local students. By doing so, the class aims to help promote literacy development among these students and position them for academic success.

“The main cause that will receive all our hard work will be the Painesville City Local Schools Book Box,” said adjunct faculty member Hannah Fairbanks, who instructs EDE 308. “We would also like to provide books for the students at the Salvation Army's Learning Zones program and Project Hope, the shelter in Painesville.”

The class has set a goal to collect 1,000 gently used books. Anyone may donate books or monetary gifts in LEC’s Garfield Center, Room A3 between Sunday, March 18 and Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Additionally, the LEC students will run a Scholastic Book Fair on campus with the goal of raising $2,500 in proceeds to use toward new books. The Fair will run in the Garfield Center from Wednesday, March 28 through Thursday, April 12.

Students from Our Shepherd Lutheran School will be the first to visit the Book Fair on March 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special guest Silverwind Stormcloud, or “Stormy,” LEC’s miniature horse gelding, will join them on opening day. Stormy is a black and white pinto standing a mere 33 inches at age 13.

Members of the public may browse the Book Fair in LEC’s Garfield Center, Room A10. A culminating Family Night will celebrate children’s literacy on April 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Those who would rather dine for the cause may present this flyer at Chipotle’s 9188 Mentor Ave. location on Monday, April 2 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. A portion of all purchases will be used to buy books.

For more information on Lake Erie College’s Bridge the Word Gap project, contact Hannah Fairbanks at 440-375-7368 or

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