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Physical Education Club collects books for reservation

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Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:10

Book drive

PATSY BRADFIELD STARTED A BOOK DRIVE in late July for the White Mountain Apache tribe in White River, Ariz. Books will be delivered to the reservation on Oct. 15. MICKELLE YEATES photo

USU’s Physical Education Club spent September taking action against poverty among the White Mountain Apache tribe in White River, Ariz.


Patsy Bradfield, a close friend of USU Professor and Physical Education Club advisor Hilda Fronske, started a book drive in late July after talking to a priest on the reservation.


Under the lead of Fronske, the club expanded the drive to include stocking hats, shirts, new gloves and mittens, all of which will be delivered to the reservation by Bradfield and her husband on Oct. 15.


“It has just been so great what everyone has done,” Bradfield said. “It has snowballed into a wonderful project.”


Though the humanitarian effort started started as a Cache Valley project, it quickly spread to USU, Bradfield said.


Donations of books, hats, gloves and shirts have been donated from the LDS church, the Bridger Elementary School’s Read Today program and USU students and faculty. Bradfield said one local woman by the name of Tamara Chambers donated 47 homemade stocking hats.


“Each hat takes a day to make, and she made 47,” Bradfield said.


She said she also had multiple children tell her of how they donated their favorite story book.      


“We started with nothing,” said Fronske, “And now it has turned into this.”


The White Mountain Apache Indian Tribe is located on an impoverished Indian reservation located in Whiteriver, Arizona. The White River Indian Reservation is made up of three branches: Cibeque, Cedar Creek, and Whiteriver.  Cibeque is the most impoverished of them all, according to Anna Reno, the secretary on the reservation. She said she believes Cibeque’s impoverishment is in part due to the fact that they are located a full hour away from the closest library and pre-school.

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