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Abstract

Cultural awareness is something that is very important in building a healthy community. America is a nation of immigrants and as such it is very important that the immigrants that settle into our city feel very safe and welcome. One way that a citizen can learn civic engagement and give back to their community is through community service. In my community, Bells for Books offers wonderful opportunities for children that don’t necessarily have access to a library. For those children, writing books in their language, and volunteering time to read stories to children can make a huge difference in their lives. For my University Foundations 200 level class, I got the opportunity to read to children in my community. This provided opportunities for both me and the children I was able to support in my community through the donation of a book as well as my time spent reading to them.