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New GSC Student Organization Positively Impacts Young Children

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2013

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Group Reading

Early Education Group member reading to the children and parents at the Trick or Read

Glenville, WV- Members of Glenville State College’s Early Education Student Group recently hosted a Trick or Reading Night for local children in pre-k through 2nd grades. Many local families attended the event held on October 24th and enjoyed the educational night. The evening was full of reading, activities, snacks, and costumes for children and parents.

GSC Early Education Professor Connie Stout O’Dell and GSC Education Professor Shelly Ratliff said, “We are so thankful and excited our GSC Early Education Student Group’s had its first official community activity. We are happy to provide fun and interactive educational activities for the children of our community. The event focused on reading as well as parent involvement.”

GSC’s Early Education Group is a new organization on campus hoping to make an impact on young children’s lives.

Group members doing activity with kids

(L-R) Brooklyn Ratliff, Kaydee Martin Jade Spencer and Katie Morris

“By being involved in our community, we are creating a positive and fun learning environment for young students and providing resources for parents,” said the student members on the Early Education Student Group.

The group members and advisors also hosted their second event on Monday, October 28th. Spooky Science Family Night was held at 5:30 p.m. in the GSC Mollohan Ballroom and was well attended.

The Early Education Student Group participated in Operation Christmas Child this holiday season. At the Trick or Read event, students, faculty, parents, and children brought items to donate to the Operation Christmas Child boxes. Altogether, the Early Education group members collected enough crayons, coloring books, toothbrushes, and plenty of other supplies and toys to fill 11 boxes for the children in need in Gilmer County. The boxes were donated to the First Baptist Church of Glenville Shoebox Ministry. Just like the internationally known Operation Christmas Child, the box’s collected will stay in Gilmer County for local children in need.

EEGS Members

From L-R: Connie Stout O'Dell- Faculty Co-Advisor, Katie Morris - EESG President, Sarah Lewis - EESG Vice-President, Katie Lake - EESG Treasurer, Nicholas Rader - EESG Parliamentarian, Shelly Ratliff - Faculty Co-Advisor.

“We are proud of the GSC Early Education Student Group’s efforts and their decision to help young children in Gilmer County. A special thank you to the parents and children that donated items for the shoeboxes—each of you helped bring smiles to children’s faces on Christmas morning,” said Early Education Group Advisors Stout O’Dell and Ratliff.

For more information about the Early Education Student Group, contact Ratliff at or (304) 462-6213 or Stout at  or (304) 462-6209.

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