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Northwest-Kansas City elementary education students recently donated hundreds of books to Fairmount Elementary School in Independence, Missouri. Pictured left to right are the students, Hieu Nguyen, Caitlin Gritz, Katelyn Milligan and Tina Mann. (Independence School District photo)

Northwest-Kansas City elementary education students recently donated hundreds of books to Fairmount Elementary School in Independence, Missouri. Pictured left to right are the students, Hieu Nguyen, Caitlin Gritz, Katelyn Milligan and Tina Mann. (Independence School District photo)

    Jan. 19, 2016

    Elementary education students donate books to partner school

    Four Northwest Missouri State University students brought an early holiday gift last month to Fairmount Elementary School in Independence, Missouri.

    The students – Caitlin Gritz, Katelyn Milligan, Tina Mann and Hieu Nguyen – are enrolled in Northwest-Kansas City’s elementary education completion program and collected more than 430 gently used books to donate to Fairmount. 

    Northwest’s Department of Professional Education partners with Fairmount to provide field and practicum experiences for Northwest students studying literacy and special education methods.

    “They were generous enough to let us come and teach (at Fairmount), so we wanted to give back to them,” said Gritz, a junior elementary education major from Kansas City, Missouri. “They love to read, so I think they will really love these books.”

    Northwest launched its elementary education completion program last fall to serve students who prefer to live in the Kansas City area and obtain a Northwest degree. The University also offers completion programs in business management, elementary education, and parks and recreation management at its Northwest-Kansas City facility. To learn more, or to apply, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/kc/, or call 800.633.1175.

    The Department of Professional Education prepares future teachers and administrators for the state’s and nation’s school systems. It offers undergraduate programs in elementary education, early childhood education, special education, middle school education and early childhood special education. The department also offers master's degree programs in elementary education, early childhood education, special education, middle school education, reading specialist and English language learners. For more information about Northwest’s Department of Professional Education, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/education/.

    Watch a video of the book donation below, courtesy of the Independence School District.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468