Purdue University North Central student members of the Alpha Mu Pi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society recently completed their annual service project. This year they collected books and blankets for children in need and titled the project “Books in a Blanket.”
Headed by Dr. Jane Rose, chapter sponsor and PNC associate professor of English, the community service project served to encourage reading and literacy by giving books to as many children in need as possible.
With items purchased by members of Alpha Mu Pi and the chapter, the English honor society members were able to prepare book and blanket combination presents for 24 families. Each package contained two books.
Students present to aid in the creation of the gifts were project organizer and chapter president Chrystal Ziegler, chapter secretary Hayley Morris and members Karen Bjonback and Aaron Ratigan.
“I think this is a great opportunity to give back to the community,” said Ratigan. “Being able to give children an opportunity to open a book and learn is something that will warm anyone’s heart.”
The books wrapped in blankets are being donated to charities for distribution to families in the Northwest Indiana region.
Through service projects like these, PNC is able to show its support for the arts and education. Honor society members hope that children will appreciate the books and enjoy reading them as much as they enjoyed wrapping them as gifts.