Local News in Brief : College to Collect for Schools in Nicaragua
Students at Valley College on Wednesday announced a drive to collect paper, pencils and other supplies to send to schools in war-torn Nicaragua.
Representatives of the sponsors--the Associated Student Union and the speech department--said they are not formally taking sides in Nicaragua’s civil conflict. But a Nov. 19 event launching “Operation Education” is scheduled to include only speakers opposed to President Reagan’s policy of aiding the contras against the Sandinista government, ASU president Kevin Stewart said.
“Any decent thing done for the people of Nicaragua is a statement against U.S. policy there,” said Professor Farrel Broslawski, the faculty adviser for Operation Education.
One purpose of the collection is to educate the Van Nuys college’s students on events in Nicaragua, Broslawski said.
The drive will operate much like a holiday canned-goods drive, organizers said. Students and faculty members are asked to donate school and athletic supplies until the college goes on its winter break Dec. 22.
Broslawski said the supplies will be delivered to Nicaragua by church groups or individuals or transported through the Nicaraguan consul in Mexico.