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Members of Minority Educators of Northwest Missouri, a new student organization, recently collected children’s toys, books, school supplies, canned food, clothes, hygiene products and other goods for Operation Breakthrough, a non-profit early childhood center for children in low-income families in Kansas City.

Members of Minority Educators of Northwest Missouri, a new student organization, recently collected children’s toys, books, school supplies, canned food, clothes, hygiene products and other goods for Operation Breakthrough, a non-profit early childhood center for children in low-income families in Kansas City. (Submitted photos)

April 26, 2013

New student organization seeks to assist at-risk students

By Taylor Neff, media relations assistant

During a visit to Operation Breakthrough, members of Minority Educators also spent time interacting and playing with children at the center.

During a visit to Operation Breakthrough, members of Minority Educators also spent time interacting and playing with children at the center.

A new campus organization at Northwest Missouri State University is helping to guide minority students and recently led a donation drive and volunteer effort to assist Kansas City’s Operation Breakthrough.

Andrea Goering, a senior instrumental education major from Kansas City, alongside her fiancé, Carl Stafford, a senior speech and theater education major from St. Louis, founded Minority Educators of Northwest Missouri in October. The organization’s mission is “preparing to teach in a diverse world, one step at a time.” It is designed for students interested or majoring in education.

This spring, Minority Educators set up a donation drive for Kansas City’s Operation Breakthrough, a non-profit early childhood center for children in low-income families that provides food pantry, clothes donation and health clinic services. Minority Educators set up donation sites around campus and collected goods totaling $217 in value. Contributions included children’s toys, books, school supplies, canned food, clothes and hygiene products.

Minority Educator members took a trip April 19 to Kansas City to donate the items and spent time volunteering with the children.

“We thought it would be beneficial to donate to Operation Breakthrough because of the center’s focus on helping at-risk youth get a quality education in a safe environment,” Goering said. “Minority Educators of Northwest also seeks to educate at-risk students and the time spent interacting with the students was a great experience for those who attended.”

Minority Educators is now welcoming new members. During regular meetings every other Thursday, topics of discussion consist of special needs students, English-learning students, gifted students and at-risk student populations. Minority Educators provides insight about test-taking skills, résumé building, accreditation, charter schools, observation opportunities, student teaching, the education expo and mock interview day.

For more information about Minority Educators of Northwest Missouri, contact Goering at S504754@mail.nwmissouri.edu.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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