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If reading is fundamental, Trinity's student service committee believes that everyone should participate. Once a week students travel to a local shelter to read with children and engage in other activities with them.

"Read With Me" is an outreach program begun in 2001 that builds friendships between Trinity students and abused women and children. The student volunteers provide structured opportunities for the kids to work on basic reading skills, arts and crafts, and hobbies like crossword puzzles.

"Every Wednesday, we have 10-15 people travel to the shelter and read with the kids," said Alexandra Prevette, service committee chair. "The few books they had were old, torn, and not in good shape for reading. We asked the College for help and started a book drive, and there was a great response, especially from faculty and staff."

Because the children in the shelter are always in need of other supplies, the service committee has put a bin in the Cooper Career Center for people to donate items such as construction paper, glue, paint, scissors, crayons, and coloring books.

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