Phi Theta Kappa members packed the totes in preparation for delivery and Phi Theta Kappa member Jamie Mills (bottom right) poses with the finished product.
Clarion University — Venango Phi Theta Kappa members delivered 240 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 10 different pre-kindergarten Head Start classrooms in Oil City, Clintonville, Franklin and Seneca.
The project is made possible through donations and grant funding.
Chapter Advisor Dr. Tammy Dulaney noted that "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."