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Little Free Library Build open to Rice employees age 30 and under

Rice employees 30 and under: help the United Way build little free libraries!


As a means of promoting a new young-person’s service group known as “LINC” (Lead, Impact, Network, Change), the United Way of Greater Houston is hosting a community-wide “Little Free Library Build.” Rice employees age 30 and under are invited to sign up to work in teams of 5 to build and paint little free libraries to be placed in neighborhoods where books are scarce in order to help improve academic success in those areas of our community.

United Way research suggests that, in middle-class Houston neighborhoods, there are an average of 13 age-appropriate books for every school-aged child; by contrast, in our community’s less affluent neighborhoods, that number is ONE book for every THREE HUNDRED children. The United Way’s Little Free Library initiative seeks to address that disparity, and you are invited to participate. Tools and materials are provided by the United Way, and no artistic or construction experience is required, only a desire to work with other young Rice employees who see a community need and want to do something about it.

When: Friday, October 14, 2016 from 4-8 p.m.

Where: United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77007.

Come thirsty: After the hard work,reward yourself with a much-deserved social hour! Who doesn’t like free drinks?

Interested? Register here

Watch a tiny libraries time lapse:

Science Olympiad Event – needs volunteers

On behalf of Rice University’s chapter of the Science Olympiad Alumni Association, we request your support for our upcoming tournament on November 12. This will involve either writing the tests or coming on campus on the day of the tournament and proctor them, or both. We believe that you will be an inspiration for students to continue pursuing careers in STEM, as well as develop interest in coming to Rice University. We greatly appreciate any help you can provide. Please email us before October 1, 2016 at ricesoaa to indicate if you can write tests (prior to 11/12) or proctor (on 11/12), or both.

Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve science education among K-12 students by hosting the most prestigious science competition in the nation. The Science Olympiad Alumni Association is a student organization that seeks to render STEM subjects as an accessible and inviting field to high school students. Our leaders have previously participated, enjoyed, and learned from Science Olympiad and would like to give back to the scientific community by hosting our own Science Olympiad invitational tournament at Rice University. This tournament will be attended by schools from the Houston area and teams from the entire nation.

More information can also be found these websites: . A list of events we are going to host and brief description for each event can be found on the bottom of this email.

Thanks so much for your time,

The Science Olympiad Alumni Association
Felix Wu