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Education school collects books, adopts schools to aid Katrina victims

– Students, faculty and staff at the Graduate School of Education are collecting school supplies and books, including children's books and teacher curriculum texts for New Orleans students, teachers and school administrators affected by Hurrican Katrina.

One student has donated a computer and others have asked about doing the same, said Nora Kenney, a third-year Ph.D. student who launched the drive. Collection boxes are overflowing in the administration offices at Tolman Hall, Kenney said.

The Graduate School of Education has adopted an elementary and a middle-high school (with grades 7-12 combined) in Lafitte, La., about 20 miles from New Orleans. Each of the schools has about 600 students. The schools have just reopened and materials will be shipped soon, Kenney said.

Her adviser in language and literacy, society and culture, is Glynda Hull, an education professor who volunteered with the Red Cross after Katrina, and spent time working with evacuees in the Astrodome.