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URI students in public relations program collaborate with local non-profit

Media Contact: Regina Bell, 401.874.2857

The Jonnycake Center collaborates with the Harrington School of Communication and Media to support local families in need.

KINGSTON, RI – March 30, 2012 – As Mother’s Day approaches, students in the public relations program at the University of Rhode Island are teaming up with the Jonnycake Center to host “A Baby Shower” to collect necessary baby items to support local mothers in need. Students will collect new clothes, blankets, toys, etc., at the event on Monday, April 23, at 3 p.m. at Sigma Delta Tau sorority, 14 Fraternity Circle, Kingston R.I.

By collaborating with the Jonnycake Center, students within the Harrington School of Communication and Media are able to focus on applying classroom learning within the community. The Harrington School of Communication and Media provides students with practical, real-world applications for their newly acquire skills. Alongside Professor Regina Bell, undergraduates in the public relations program are exploring non-profit careers in the classroom and applying those lessons learned through events like the Baby Shower.

The University of Rhode Island and its surrounding communities are welcome to join the Jonnycake Center and the Harrington School of Communication and Media in this effort to support local families. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature light snacks, refreshments and a DJ. For more information, visit http:// http://www.facebook.com/URIHarringtonSchoolofCommunicationandMedia .

About the Jonnycake Center:
The Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale aims to improve the quality of life for individuals and families by providing comprehensive assistance to those in need of food, clothing, and household items through individual and systemic advocacy for their clients. To learn more about the Jonnycake Center’s efforts to eliminate hunger in the southern Rhode Island community, visit http://www.jonnycakecenter.org/ .