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Ivy Tech's reading, poverty project starts today
Students to read ‘The Glass Castle,’ take part in poverty simulation

H-T Report
September 23, 2009

Ivy Tech Community College will host a fall kickoff for the Campus Common Reading project from 2 to 5 p.m. today in the Ivy Tech Student Commons campus.

The event will introduce the book selection for the 2009-10 academic year, “The Glass Castle.”

The event will include a poverty simulation that will be run by the South Central Community Action Program.
Seventy-three students are signed up to participate in the simulation and will be divided into family units.

Students will be given tasks in everyday needs such as getting to work on time, taking the kids to school and paying their bills with limited resources. Volunteers will play the “agencies” that provide public assistance.
The Campus Common Reading experience is designed to raise awareness of diversity issues, create a platform for examining values and ethics, and encourage critical thinking.

“The Glass Castle” is being utilized by all students in Ivy Tech Bloomington’s first-year experience courses, and is also a part of the curriculum in some English courses.

The Campus Common Reading project is sponsored by Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Center for Civic Engagement.