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Cambodia Project plans for May trip

The Cambodia Service Learning Project class are collecting books to
give to the children of the Child Hope Organization in Battambang. thecambodiaproject.com
The Cambodia Service Learning Project is teaming up with alumni of
Holy Child Academy in Sharon, Penn., to create the Sharon Reading Room
in Battambang, Cambodia.
Political science department head and associate professor Dr. JoAnn
DiGeorgio-Lutz, who teaches the Cambodia Service Learning Project
class, is an alumna of Holy Child Academy.
“These are alums I went to school with 40 years ago, many of whom,
nowadays, are teachers” she said. “When we went to Holy Child Academy,
our school fostered a sense of service, international service, global
service. So, even 40 years ago, there was that sort of attention to
that kind of humanitarian outreach.”
DiGeorgio said she developed the idea when visiting Cambodia back
in December. She is on the board of directors at Child Hope
Organization (CHO).
“I looked around and thought ‘What is something we could do?'” she
said. “The children have no toys, no books, nothing, and I thought
about a library, or a reading room. That was something we could work
with here with [A&M-Commerce] students and then reach out to my
friends and that network.”
The name “Sharon Reading Room” was adopted to pay homage to the
help DiGeorgio said some of her former schoolmates have provided to
CHO, including donating books to the reading room.
“They’re helping to contribute in other ways, and we thought to
call it the Sharon Reading Room, because many of us would not be who we
are today if it weren’t for that school experience we had.”
DiGeorgio said she also hopes A&M-Commerce students can help by donating books.
“We were going to put out a flier this week, but we didn’t put
anything out because of the weather,” she said. “[We’re] asking them to
bring in any gently used children’s books, ages 4-12. We also have a
student in the Cambodia project last year who is a teacher at [Quinlan]
Boles, and he has his classes involved in collecting books. He told me
they have about 450 books collected so far.”
Senior political science major Kaycie Clark said students taking
the Cambodia Service Learning Project class will take all donated books
to the Sharon Reading Room during their trip to the country in May.
“The plan is to take the books over in May when a small group goes
to Cambodia for the trip, but the students are paying out of their
pocket to go,” Clark Said.
DiGeorgio said she already has four students traveling to Cambodia
in May, which is scheduled for May 18. Included in the 17-day trip are
visits to the temples in Angkor Wat, the Cheong Ek killing fields and a
3-night stay in Vietnam.
The Easth texan Online
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