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PKP hands out about 1,300 books

Austin Peay State Universitys chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) gave away some 1,300 books to local children last week as part of Halloween festivities, rather than candy and other sweets.

Dr. Susan Calovini, professor of English and PKP chapter president, said the books were given to children of all ages, from infants and toddlers to preteens, through APSUs safe trick-or-treating event called G.H.O.S.T., held Oct. 29 in the bowl area between the Morgan University Center and Woodward Library.
Austin Peay State University's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) gave away some 1,300 books to local children last week as part of Halloween festivities, rather than candy and other sweets.

Dr. Susan Calovini, professor of English and PKP chapter president, said the books were given to children of all ages, from infants and toddlers to preteens, through APSU's safe trick-or-treating event called G.H.O.S.T., held Oct. 29 in the bowl area between the Morgan University Center and Woodward Library.

“Many parents commented on how happy they were that we were giving books rather than the typical candy,” Calovini said.

The PKP Literacy Project: “Candy for the Mind” seeks to collect enough books to be able to give away 1,000 copies to children who trick-or-treat on campus each year.

Dr. Aleeta Christian, professor of developmental writing at APSU, coordinated this year's project with help from other chapter members. Approximately 1,000 children trick-or-treated at APSU this year.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Friends of the Public Library, Target, Wal-Mart and Usborne Books as well as many chapter members donated books and offered funding for the project.

For more information, contact Calovini by telephone at 221-7964 or by e-mail at calovinis@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer