Donations needed for future educators book drive

By Katelyn Marshall

The Future Educators Club at Volunteer State Community College is accepting children’s book donations now until Tuesday, March 12, at 2 p.m.
Books can be donated by being placed in marked boxes in Caudill Hall and Ramer Hall.

All books will be donated to local preschools and daycares, according to Vol State’s website.

“The Future Educators book drive is a way for the club to become active on campus while collecting items for the community,” said early childhood education faculty Stacy Nieman.

Photo by Katelyn Marshall

Photo by Katelyn Marshall

She said she has, “over 29 years of experience working with young children, families, and programs providing quality early care and education in many different roles, including early childhood teacher, administrator, trainer, coach, and technical assistant. I have over 13 years of experience as a course instructor and presenter on topics related to early childhood development and curriculum with Tennessee Early Childhood Education Training Alliance and in my current role as Instructor of Early Childhood Education at Vol State.”

Nieman also said that she has worked extensively in professional development as an instructor, a professional development specialist for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Council and as a mentor to early childhood teachers in Middle Tennessee.

“In addition, I have been a speaker at local, state and national conferences, including National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) annual conference, Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC), Nashville Area Association for Young Children (NAAEYC), and The National Head Start conference and expo.”

Nieman said that she obtained a Bachelor of Science in child study from Colby-Sawyer College in 1994, a graduate degree in education administration and supervision from Tennessee State University in 2010 and 18 hours in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee-Martin in 2013.

The Future Educators book drive is an annual event, and is in its second year, according to Nieman.

Nieman also said that, “Local Head Start Programs and child development centers to provide care for lower income families,” will benefit from this drive.

For the Future Educators book drive, people should donate, “gently used children’s books,” said Nieman.

“Since Head Start and child development centers provide care for young children, we are targeting birth to age 8,” Nieman mentioned as a specific age group that this drive is being targeted for.
If a person wishes to donate books, Nieman said that you can donate them in boxes that have a picture of Dr. Seuss on them, “They are scattered all over campus.”

“Books are important to young children because it encourages development in all domains. When adults share stories, read books, talk, and sing to young children, it impacts the child in many ways. For example, reading promotes brain development and imagination along with the development of social emotional skills. Books also help encourage language development and early literacy skills,” explained Nieman in describing how important books are to young children.

Nieman had two quotes that she used pertaining to the Future Educators book drive. “A Dr. Seuss quote comes to mind, ‘The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’ And Neil Gaiman’s quote, ‘The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.’”