Oct. 16, 2006
Emory Swoops in to celebrate reading
BY Sam Marie Engle
Emory mascot Swoop joined teachers and students to kick off the “25 Books” reading campaign at Benjamin S. Carson Honors Preparatory School on Sept. 29. Members of Emory’s Omega Epsilon chapter of the Mortar Board national honor society and Cynthia Shaw, Emory assistant dean and director of student development, presented Carson Prep Principal Patricia Wells with $7,000 worth of books collected during the chapter’s annual book drive in April.
Emory partners with Carson Prep through the Emory Northwest Atlanta Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), established in 2004 by a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. From its office at Carson Prep, which is part of Atlanta Public Schools, the COPC engages Emory faculty and students with Carson parents, teachers and students in a variety of activities to boost academic achievement and promote family well-being. The COPC also works to preserve affordable housing and to address issues that affect the quality of life in the neighborhoods around Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, formerly Bankhead Highway.