Last week a book fair was conducted in the Don Morris Center to raise scholarship money for speech pathology students.
The ACU Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) put on the book fair where a variety of books were offered. Any student or faculty member could shop at the fair, but the sale was aimed towards speech pathology and education students.
The communication sciences and disorders students were involved in running the fair.
Dr. Denise Barnett, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, said that the fair was very beneficial for students in her department.
“They use these books a lot with children, and here is a perfect way to acquire them right on campus,” Barnett said.
The money earned will fund scholarships for speech pathology students and assist with the cost to attend a professional convention in the spring.
Denysha Taylor, a junior speech pathology major, said she bought books at the book fair so she can use them in her field where she hopes to work with children.
“Books like these are good therapy for kids,” she said. “They will help me in working with them and helping them to learn.”
Taylor said she was impressed with the fair’s selection and was happy to see some of her childhood favorites on the shelves. She said when working with kids, the books can’t be too easy or too hard, and they have to keep the child’s interest, so keeping a variety is always a good thing.
Though the fair was oriented toward students interested in teaching, adult and teen books were also sold.
Dr. Barnett is not sure if the NSSLHA will put on the book fair next year.
“We’ve had some good sales, but it was a lot of hard work and crazy with Summit going on in the midst of everything,” she said.
She said better scheduling will be done next year if they fall on the same week again.
Other fundraisers are conducted throughout the year to help the department’s students earn scholarships. Cookbooks with student and alumni recipes can be purchased for ten dollars in the communication sciences and disorders office in the Don Morris Center to help raise money.
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