Clarion University–Venango Campus’ Phi Theta Kappa Chapter
Provides Totes for Tots
OIL CITY, PA— The Clarion University–Venango Campus Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is busy delivering 224 educational totes throughout the community this week as part of their Totes for Tots service project. Professor Beth Jackson, Phi Theta Kappa advisor, stated “the positive impact that the chapter makes in the community keeps me involved year after year.”
The idea of a community effort to address literacy issues was developed by Jackson in order to bridge the gap between illiteracy and scholarship. The project, now in its fourth year, provides totes full of items that help improve manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and early literacy, encouraging reading and education for life to children in area Head Start programs. Behind the scenes, the project brings members of the community together, as residents of area nursing homes, including the Presbyterian Nursing Home, Golden Living Center, The Caring Place, and Sugar Creek Station paint pictures on the totes, and Clarion University–Venango Campus students and Youth Alternatives assist in filling them.
“The Totes for Tots project is strengthened by the community wide contributions from local businesses and organizations. Without the group effort we could not make nearly as much impact,” stated Jackson. The project began in the Oil City community in 2009 and expanded this year to include the Head Start Programs in Clintonville, Oil City, Rocky Grove, Seneca and Titusville areas.
Totes for Tots is Phi Theta Kappa’s multigenerational and educational community project that reaches across all boundaries including the youngest and most vulnerable within our community, to promote the love of learning. This year Phi Theta Kappa received a grant from the Samuel Justus Charitable Trust in the amount of $4,000 which Jackson was instrumental in writing, in addition to many other contributions and donations to provide a variety of literacy materials for the children and their classrooms.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society and the largest in American higher education. The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Clarion University–Venango Campus, Alpha Kappa Delta, provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and information, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
Clarion University?Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University’s 90+ bachelor’s degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University?Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.