Arkansas State freshmen students are helping to raise awareness and supplies for foster children.
A common reader course at the university requires students to read “Three Little Words”, a book about woman who was in and out of fourteen foster homes.
Students in the class must complete a project based on the book and participate in class discussion.
Rhonda Curbo’s class decided to start a backpack program for foster kids.
“One of the things we noticed as a class is that all of these children in foster care do not have bags," Curbo said. "They carry their things around in black trash bags.”
The students also plan to fill the backpacks with items the foster kids can use.
Some of these items include toothbrushes and toothpaste, journals, pillowcases and flash drives to keep their schoolwork on.
Students in the class came up with the items with some input from the author.
Curbo said she would like to include a copy of the book in each backpack as well.
The class just completed gathering items for a raffle sale.
Proceeds from the raffle will go to purchasing the backpacks and the items to fill them.
Students are selling the raffle tickets throughout October.
Curbo said the main goal from the project is to help foster kids in any way they can.
“We really want to raise awareness for the needs of the foster children and the needs for foster parents in Arkansas," she said. "We have a shortage."
She also said she hopes some of her kids will become foster parents in the future.
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