Rooms To Go providing Reading for Excellence Centers at Livingstone

  • Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:04 a.m.

SALISBURY — Students need comfortable, relaxing environments when they study, and sometimes it’s good for them to leave their dorm rooms to avoid being distracted by TV, loud music or their friends.

Mindful of the importance of quiet, designated learning places, officials at Livingstone College and Rooms To Go Inc. have partnered to provide several Reading for Excellence Centers at the 1,100-student campus.

About two years ago, Rooms To Go officials announced plans to establish Reading for Excellence Centers in dormitories at select colleges and universities in their market. Around the same time, Livingstone College officials began promoting literacy as part of their Quality Enhancement Program, or QEP. Rooms To Go’s Reading for Excellence Centers initiative was officially launched last year when furniture began arriving at Livingstone’s student union, library and two of its residence halls.

At noon Thursday, May 2, Livingstone College is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially thank Rooms To Go for their generosity.

“We’re grateful to Rooms To Go for donating such nice furniture to the college,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr. “It has definitely been put to good use, and it’s not uncommon to walk inside The Walls Center (student union), library or to stop by one of the residence halls and see students sitting on the chairs or couches while reading or studying. It’s imperative for our students to graduate with the necessary skills required for success in today’s global economy, and I’m certain our partnership with Rooms To Go will aid in that quest. Likewise, I’m especially pleased and proud Rooms To Go chose Livingstone College as the institution from which to launch their initiative.”

Rooms To Go General Manager Malcom E. Nightingale worked closely with Livingstone officials. He and other Rooms To Go officials are expected at the ribbon cutting ceremony and will tour the student union.

The partnership between Rooms to Go, Inc. and Livingstone College was facilitated by Dr. Frankie Jones, CEO of Phoenix One Enterprises Inc. He will also attend the ribbon cutting.

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