Thursday, September 22, 2016

For the Love of Literacy

Phi Kappa Phi’s Literacy Grant Program was created in 2003 to mobilize members and chapters of Phi Kappa Phi to champion literacy initiatives near and far. The grants, of up to $2,500, help fund ongoing literacy projects and support the creation of new initiatives.

Read how some of the 2016 Literacy Grant recipients are making a difference across the globe:

Born to Read
Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Ph.D.


Since 2001, the Southeast Missouri State University chapter has been committed to providing a Little Golden Book to every baby born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., local hospitals. As part of the program, local hospitals are provided with books to be given to parents as they leave with their newborn baby. Inside the book cover, a congratulatory note highlights the benefits of reading with very young children and passing the love of learning from generation to generation. To date, Born to Read has given more than 30,000 books, and the first recipients are now teenagers!

Play Your Way to Higher Test Scores
Lisa Owens

Play Your Way to Higher Test Scores is a literacy project that aims to improve reading and critical thinking skills through the use of educational games that stress spelling and vocabulary. As part of the project, literacy kits are created with board games such as Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Scattergories, and more. The kits are provided to students at Homer High School in Homer, La. Additionally, the school’s library has provided a dedicated space, the Literacy Learning Center, furnished with a comfortable seating area with game tables and storage for the kits.

Literacy in Nicaraguan Impoverished Schools
Paulina Erices and Veronique Diriker

Working with La Merced, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization in the U.S., members from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Pennsylvania State University chapters have teamed up for a collaborative literacy effort. In its first phase, the project will evaluate and assess the needs of teachers and administration at a K-12 school in Managua, Nicaragua. After assessment, project leaders will provide teachers with equipment and support to meet the children’s needs.


Books: Candy for the Mind
Norbert Puszkar

Since 2003, the Austin Peay State University chapter has been involved with the safe Halloween trick-or-treating program, G.H.O.S.T. (Great Halloween Options for Safe Trick-or-Treating), held on the APSU campus. The project, Books: Candy for the Mind, is an early literacy initiative that provides books instead of candy to children in the community. As part of the project, chapter members solicit new or gently used children’s books and collect funds that can be used to purchase additional books. 


Read more about the Literacy Grants Program and see what other initiatives are being championed by this year’s recipients.

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