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One year ago, Stacie Eliopulos, a University of Nevada, Reno journalism alum working with the Peace Corps, set out to help the people of the Dominican Republic change a small and rundown building into a fully functional community library.
Eliopulos is a Peace Corps Volunteer participating in a 27-month program in the Dominican Republic. She needs to raise $5,000 by May 1 in order to build a small community library. Now, four more University journalism students from the Reynolds School of Journalism have taken up Eliopulos’ cause as part of their semester-long project and are helping her reach this goal.
“We are trying to give a small community in the Dominican Republic the resources necessary to receive the education they need to survive and thrive in the future,” Drew Bradley, a member of the journalism group, said.
On Sunday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the University’s Joe Crowley Student Union, the journalism group will have a booth set up at NAKLAND, an Easter event for children and parents put on by the University’s Nu Alpha Kappa multicultural fraternity. The event will feature a variety of fun, free activities, such as Easter egg hunts, bounce-houses, face-painting, and food and drinks.
This is one of many events the journalism group will attend in order to raise money for the community library. At the event on Easter, they will be collecting donations and providing information on Dominican literacy. The tax-deductible donations go toward buying books and other educational tools.
Eliopulos is one of 20 Nevada alumni now serving as Peace Corps Volunteers. The University of Nevada made its debut on the annual Peace Corps Top Colleges list this year, ranking 25th among mid-size universities for the number of alumni in service — just behind Yale and tied with Brown and Emory University. This is the first appearance on the annual rankings for Nevada, which had 11 alumni in service last year.
To learn more about the Dominican Republic Library Fund or make a donation visit http://xrl.us/drlibraryfund.
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