B.Ed. grad’s legacy inspires early literacy through volunteerism
Brook Doseger came to Nipissing University in 2010 as a student in the Schulich School of Education Concurrent Education Program. Her creativity and enthusiastic personality quickly established her as a promising educator. Brook was a natural leader who was highly regarded by her peers, often serving as the voice of her class. Locally, Brook volunteered for, and sat on the executive council for Best Buddies, a community organization pairing students with intellectual needs with a community member. Brook combined her passion for education with her desire to travel the world. Tragically, Brook lost her life as she began her teaching career in Kuwait.
Books for Brook is a volunteer program supporting early literacy within the North Bay community. Promoted, administered and supervised by Nipissing University students in the Schulich School of Education and the Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU), various projects are offered throughout the year to cultivate a love of literacy in young learners. Through one-on-one and small group interactions, young learners are paired with young adults to encourage connection, confidence, and enjoyment through developmentally appropriate books. Projects differ each year, but will include initiatives such as a book exchange in local elementary schools, establishing a reading corner, or fundraising to purchase books for a library. Partnership with local schools will ensure that all young learners can take advantage of these opportunities.
On Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 (which, as everyone knows, isInternational Book Giving Day) volunteers will be set up around campus to collect donations of children’s books to be used in the Books for Brook program. Monetary donations will also be accepted.