Teacher education students in ED 306 Children's Literature have been involved in an Academic Service Learning Project under the direction of their instructor, Dr. Sandra Imdieke. Dr. Imdieke learned about a community need for library books in Santa Cruz, Honduras from Dr. Eileen Smit and Dr. Mary Jane Tremethick, professors involved in an Academic Service Learning Project in Honduras in the summer of 2008 through the nursing program. The goal of this current project was for students in a children's literature course to select and acquire children's books in Spanish or Spanish and English for the library and the children in this community. During the semester, teacher education students applied principles of literature selection and evaluation as they chose American books translated into Spanish and bilingual titles. Imdieke applied for and received a $500 Academic Service Learning Grant for the project, which was used to purchase 84 children's books to be delivered to Honduras by Dr. Smit and Dr. Tremethick when they return to Honduras in May.
Back Row (L to R): Jessica Huron, Dr. Imdieke, Michelle Hall, Meghan Silverman, Lisa Krause, Stephanie Stevens, Kendra Meyer, Marie Westman, Lindsey Mott, Athena Stanley. Middle Row (L to R): Jillian Perry, Morgan Morris, Ryan Barron, Donald Barr, Kyle Saari, Emily Kuure, Christine Jenkins. Front Row (L to R): Haleigh Doyle, Molly Long, Mary Schmitigal, Patricia Basford, Kaitlin Redden