Name of Engagement
Student-Athletes Deliver Book Drive Books to Local Schools
JMU Athletics Diversity and Inclusion
The JMU Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Council, which launched in the Fall of 2020 in response to the need to place greater attention on all issues of diversity and inclusion within the department, partnered with Harrisonburg City Public Schools earlier this year in an effort to promote diversity, inclusion and literacy within Harrisonburg City Public Schools.
Three children's books were selected by the JMU Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Council that address or promote inclusive environments. In turn, individuals were asked to purchase a book towards the goal of providing one book to each child enrolled in Harrisonburg City Public Schools in the grades of Pre-K and Kindergarten!
That effort encompassed a total of 623 students and, as of June 7, a total of 634 books were donated. That means that approximately $10,000 was raised in books to distribute within our local community. On Monday, June 7, 20 student-athletes from several sports (women's basketball, football, baseball, volleyball, swim & dive, track & cross country and cheerleading) delivered the books to six local elementary schools (Keister, Elon Rhodes, Smithland, Spotswood, Stone Spring, and Waterman) around Harrisonburg.
Involves Students, Involves Participants External to JMU
JMU Campus Scope, Harrisonburg/Local/VA
Type of Partner
Public schools PK-12
Areas of Engagement