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Tailgate and Book Drive at West Virginia University

Let's cheer on BYU and show West Virginia that COUGS CARE by giving back to the community! Give a new or gently used book you love. Donations will benefit local children through West Virginia University’s Nursery School and United Way. This COUGS CARE service project is co-sponsored by the local alumni chapters and the BYU Education Society.

Location: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, 900 Willowdale Rd, Morgantown, WV

For more information about the tailgate, click here.



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Reading Is Lit!

Literacy Fair for Families & the Community

Bring the kids for a festive reading celebration!

  • FREE books for the kids
  • Storytime with local heroes
  • Entertainment for children, ages 0-12
  • Message from Cosmo the Cougar
  • Exhibit hall, classes, and workshops



Homecoming Celebration and Book Drive at BYU

Join us on Saturday, October 21st for the 2022 BYU McKay School Homecoming Celebration! There will be food, fun, and socializing for the entire family. There will be lawn games for kids of all ages, a book drive, and a drawing for fun prizes!

This year, we are sponsoring a children's literacy book drive. Please bring a new book you personally love to donate which will be shared with children and youth in need through the Cougar Built program.



Tailgate and Refugee Project at Texas Christian University

Let's cheer on our Cougars and help give back to the community and show the Dallas-Fort Worth area that COUGS CARE! The DFW Alumni Chapter will be doing “A Good Night Sleep” campaign benefiting refugee families coming to the DFW area. Drop off mattress covers, pillows, sheets, comforters, and blankets at the tailgate. Donations will go to Action Alliance International and World Relief.

Location: Trinity Park, 2401 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, TX

For more information about the tailgate, click here.



Tailgate and Book Drive at University of Kansas

Let's cheer on BYU and show Kansas that COUGS CARE by giving back to the community! Give a book from this Amazon list to benefit Native American children in the Lawrence, Kansas School District. This COUGS CARE service project is co-sponsored by the Midwest alumni chapters and the BYU Education Society.

Location: Buford M. Watson, Jr. Park, 727 Kentucky St, Lawrence, KS

For more information about the tailgate, click here.



Cougar Kickoff and Book Drive at BYU

Come visit the BYU Education Society tent at the Cougar Kickoff on Wednesday, August 16th from 6–8 p.m. We're co-sponsoring a book drive to benefit local children, kicking off the series of service projects at BYU Football away games. Bring a new or lightly used children's book you love to the fields north of the Student Athlete Building on the BYU campus!

The BYU Education Society (sponsored by the McKay School of Education) has partnered with Cougs Care and the BYU Athletics Cougar Built program to benefit local elementary school children. BYU student athletes, the dunk team, and Cosmo will personally deliver the books to elementary local schools throughout the upcoming school year.

If you can't come to the kick-off in person, you can still participate by purchasing a book here.

Cougar Kickoff will also include food trucks, games, activities, and the opportunity to meet BYU student athletes!



Annual BYU Education Society Conference

The BYU Education Society Conference 2023 conference theme was "Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd," and was held on Friday, June 16th in the Hinckley Center on BYU's campus.

Recordings of select speakers are available to view here.

Thomas B. Griffith**, former federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit. Topic: Building Bridges of Understanding in a Politically-Polarized America

Kendra Hall-Kenyon**, dean of the McKay School of Education. Topic: Nurturing the Full Potential in Educators and Students

Barbara Morgan Gardner**, BYU Associate Professor of Church History & Doctrine: Empowering our Students Through Covenant Relationships

Shane Farnsworth**, Superintendent, Alpine Utah School District: Stewards of Agency

Jenet Erickson**, BYU Associate Professor of Church History & Doctrine: Reaching the Heart in Teaching Sensitive Topics of Gender, Identity, and Family