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Phi Kappa Phi gears up for ‘Candy for the Mind' project with Sept. 11-12 book fair; PKP asks for help in earning free books

The fall semester at Austin Peay State University is well under way, with Homecoming this month and Halloween just around the corner.

For the fourth consecutive year, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is collecting books to give as Halloween treats during its Candy for the Mind projectpart of the Student Government Associations G.H.O.S.T., a safe trick-or-treating alternative held on campus for the University family and the larger community.
The fall semester at Austin Peay State University is well under way, with Homecoming this month and Halloween just around the corner.

For the fourth consecutive year, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is collecting books to give as Halloween treats during its Candy for the Mind projectpart of the Student Government Association's G.H.O.S.T., a safe trick-or-treating alternative held on campus for the University family and the larger community.

Although G.H.O.S.T. is slated for Sunday evening, Oct. 28, it's not too early to buy books for PKP's Candy for the Mind during the PKP Book Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 11 and 12 in the Morgan University Center lobby.

The PKP Book Fair features hundreds of Usborne Book titles, selected by the PKP officers primarily for infants through age nine or 10. Usborne Books are sold only at educational fairs, private book parties, online, select bookstores and the Smithsonian gift shops.

According to Barrett Russell, Usborne Book sales supervisor, many of the books for older children and teens are interactive. Russell said, “The magic of Usborne Books is that they are both reading and learning fun and not a boring or intimidating experience. They are so well organized that children absorb and recall much of the vast amount of information given.”

According to Dr. David Snyder, assistant professor of history and PKP president, Usborne Books has supported the “Candy for the Mind” project since its inception, providing scores of free books for PKP to give to children in the community.

Customers can shop in person at the on-campus book fair Sept. 11-12 or online at PKP's E-Fair at www.ubah.com/BF21907.

“Customers may purchase for themselves, cash and carry, at the book fair and/or they may make a purchase to donate to the PKP Candy for the Mind project,” Russell said. “Boxes will located at the booth to collect donated books.

“Another big benefit for PKP is that they will earn additional FREE books based on the total sales at the booth. For sales over $500, PKP will earn 50 percent free books. For instance, if the PKP Book Fair totals $1,000 in sales, PKP will earn an additional $500 in free booksabove what was donated by members and others.”

Snyder said, “What a wonderful opportunity we, as a learning community, have to stimulate the minds and enrich the lives of the children in our community. Many of the children who trick-or-treat during G.H.O.S.T. have no books of their own, so our table is very popular.”

For Halloween 2006, PKP passed out about 1,000 booksone for each child attending. The goal for Halloween 2007 is 2,000, according to Snyder, who said, “This effort supports the University's mission and Phi Kappa Phi's motto: ‘Let the love of learning rule humanity.'”

Recalling a memorable moment during the second year of the project, Dr. Aleeta Christian, professor of English and a founder of Candy for the Mind, said, “One little boy ran up to our table, smiling ear to ear, and said, ‘I hoped you'd be back this year to give me another book!' You should have seen the joy on his face when we let him choose a the book he wanted.

“Those of us who have grown up with books don't realize that, in some homes, books are rare. Any money must go toward rent and groceries. For these children, a book truly is a treat.”

Snyder said workers are needed to assist with the book fair and with PKP's Candy for the Mind project during G.H.O.S.T. He will be asking for volunteers shortly.

To support PKP's Candy for the Mind project, please stop by the Usborne Books table on Sept. 11 or 12 in the University Center lobby or go to www.ubah.com/BF21907. All orders from this e-fair address will be credited to PKP at APSU.

For more information about the book fair, telephone Snyder at 221-7923.

For more information about Usborne Books, contact Russell by telephone, toll free, at 1-877-605-6216 or visit her Web site at www.UsborneBookReader.com. -- Dennie B. Burke