Venango Phi Theta Kappa delivers totes to Head Start

March 28, 2017
David McFarland

Shawlane Heffern, Phi Theta Kappa president, reads to students at a local Head Start.

Clarion University, Venango Phi Theta Kappa members delivered 200 totes each containing items focused on reading, writing, mathematics, art, science, history, and fitness, to area Head Start programs. Behind the scenes, this project brings together children of all ages from toddlers to college students, as well as local nursing home residents to assist in preparing the totes for distribution.

The Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, Totes for Tots project was created in 2008 as an educational venture that aims to join members of all generations in Venango County in order to inspire a new generation of learning. This year the project directly benefited ten different pre-kindergarten Head Start classrooms in Oil City, Clintonville, Franklin, and Seneca.

The project is made possible through donations and grant funding. This year Phi Theta Kappa received a grant from The Laura Smedley Trust Fund/ PNC Institutional Investments.

"Due to this funding, we have once again had the opportunity to serve the Venango County Head Start programs. In the future we hope to continue to positively impact the local Head Start students and all of the community while emphasizing the importance of education," said Chapter Advisor, Professor Beth Jackson.

Clarion University, Venango 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 plus degrees, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or graduate degrees 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 Health Sciences which offers programs on the Venango and Clarion campuses, the Pittsburgh site, and online, and the Department of Justice, Law, Technology and Liberal Arts. Clarion University, Venango, is committed to serving the needs of the region and beyond.

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