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Drury University Graduate Students Help the Homeless Stay Cool

For Immediate Release: June 29

Dr. Jayne White
Professor, School of Education and Child Development
Office: (417) 873-7260
Mobile: (417) 569-3712

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 29, 2009 —Drury graduate students are collecting fans and donations for residents of the Missouri Hotel to help them deal with Missouri’s summertime heat.

Students in the School of Education and Child Development class Home, School and Community are sponsoring a family portrait day on Wednesday, July 1, at the Missouri Hotel in an effort to give those families a memento that so many people take for granted. When the class was informed that their temporary studio in the shelter was the only air-conditioned room in the Missouri Hotel the class decided to collect fans for the residents.

All types of fans will be accepted, but box fans are preferred. Cash donations will also be accepted. The graduate class can purchase box fans for just $13 thanks to a special agreement with Lowe’s. Those wishing to contribute to the Home, School and Community Fan Drive should contact Dr. Jayne White at (417) 569-3712 or e-mail her at

The class plans to deliver the fans to the Missouri Hotel on Thursday, July 2, at 1 p.m. at the front entrance off of Commercial Street.

Marler Photography and Smart Dog Studios, Central High School’s in-school photography and graphic design studio, will take the portraits. Both photographers are donating their time to the project and the material costs are paid for by a grant from Drury University’s School of Education and Child Development.


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