Student Org. Seeks Alumni Support to Help Build a Library

Members of the GW Room to Read chapter

Are you a GW alumnus/a with a passion for promoting literacy in other countries? Do you love to dance?  This fall, you can do both with GW’s Room to Read chapter!

The chapter will be holding a dance-a-thon on October 11, in the Marvin Center, to raise money for the non-profit organization Room to Read.

Room to Read works in South/Southeast Asia and Africa to promote literacy and gender equality in education.  The organization establishes school libraries, builds schools,  publishes local-language children’s books, trains teachers on literacy education, and supports girls in completing secondary school.  Its programs have benefited more than 7.8 million children, with a goal to reach 10 million children by 2015

The GW Room to Read chapter was founded last year, and has already raised close to $1,000 to support the non-profit.

The goal of the GW dance-a-thon on is to raise $5,000—enough to build a library.  “We would love to have alumni support in this endeavor!” the group said via email.

If you would like to donate to the cause or register for the event, please click here.  For more information about the GW Room to Read chapter, follow them on Facebook!

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Nice story and glad to see that the station has improved even further. Also nice to see that this took place just after the 30th anniversary of the relaunch of WRGW, which took place on April 1, 1986. In fact that first broadcast only went to the speakers in the halls of the Marvin Center and the Rat on the 5th floor.

The Radio-Television department (of which I was a student) had “control” of the equipment in the dorms that allowed for broadcasting to the entire campus (carrier current), but it was an initiative of the Program Board and the then Dean of Housing that allowed us to get back on the air at the end of my sophomore year (after there being no student radio station at all my first two years on campus). I was pleased to be the General Manager for the relaunch and helped shepherd a very rickety first two years. We bought our first two CD players at Circuit City. My, how times have changed.

Perhaps the best part for me is that we helped fund the station by DJing parties all across campus, and to this day I am still DJing as a side gig to my full-time job. I was in DC last July 4th weekend, but sadly the entire Marvin Center was closed. I look forward to visiting when I can have the chance to visit.

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