Sun, Sep 11 2011
LeTourneau University’s Visual Literacy project received a $400 check from sixth grade students in teacher Brenda Giles' Enrichment Class at Baker-Koonce Intermediate School in Carthage, Texas, to help educate schoolchildren in Kenya.
The Visual Literacy project at LETU was started by Associate Professor of English Dr. Annie Olson, who with her team of students has spent part of the last two summers in northern Kenya among the Rendille tribe of people. Besides doing their research, Olson and her students worked with local schools in Kenya on a project called REAP, Rendille Educational Assistance Project.
Baker-Koonce students also partnered with LETU by answering questions about printed materials as test subjects for Olson's research on visual literacy. The students at Baker Koonce were inspired to raise money and practice philanthropy after readying a book titled "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall.
LeTourneau University students on the visual literacy project team include Jessica Shook and Carmen Willcox, pictured, below with Dr. Olson and a representative of the class at Baker Koonce. Not pictured are Becca Westrup and Carly Robinson, who also work on the LETU Visual Literacy project.