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Phi Kappa Phi treating children to books; donations sought

October 7, 2003

Soon Austin Peay will be a G.H.O.S.T town! G.H.O.S.T., Great Halloween Options for Safe Trick or Treating," is a longtime tradition at APSU, sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Originally intended for the children of APSU students, faculty and staff, G.H.O.S.T also draws children from the local community. According to officials, hundreds of children trick or treat at APSU each year.
October 7, 2003

Soon Austin Peay will be a G.H.O.S.T town! G.H.O.S.T., “Great Halloween Options for Safe Trick or Treating," is a longtime tradition at APSU, sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Originally intended for the children of APSU students, faculty and staff, G.H.O.S.T also draws children from the local community. According to officials, hundreds of children trick or treat at APSU each year.

This year, however, little goblins visiting the University campus on the evening of Oct. 31 for the traditional Halloween sweets will be treated to something new, in addition to the usual candy.

Thanks to the efforts of the APSU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, children trick-or-treating on the APSU campus will be given age-appropriate books by PKP members.

According to Dr. Linda Thompson, professor of nursing and president of Phi Kappa Phi, books are a treat that will feed young minds long after Halloween candy is gone.

“The Phi Kappa Phi Executive Board voted recently to launch a Literacy Initiative by giving out books to children, instead of candy, at Austin Peay's G.H.O.S.T. event,” Thompson said.

On the national level, PKP has adopted a literacy initiative to fulfill its mission: “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

As part of the local chapter's efforts to engage in “service to others,” Thompson said she, as PKP president, is asking all PKP members and other interested people to support the literacy project by donating new or like-new children's books or by donating money for the project.

With the approval of Deborah Fetch, director of the APSU Woodward Library, Thompson has placed a book-collection box on the main floor of the library.

“We're delighted to be the receiving point for such a worthy cause,” Fetch said. “The foundation for success in education and in life in general is a strong reading ability.”

Thompson said, “Our book drive could be the catalyst that stimulates a love of reading in some of these children. It would be great to know APSU had introduced them to the magic and wonder of booksa first step in their becoming lifelong learners.”

If you are interested in participating in this Halloween book drive, you can deposit any new or like-new books in the designated box in Woodward Library or take them to Thompson.

When selecting books for donation to the Literacy Initiative, Thompson reminds everyone that G.H.O.S.T participants range in age from infant to 12 yearswith most between 4-12 years of age. All books and monetary donations must be received no later than Friday, Oct. 24.

Monetary donations should be sent to Dr. Linda Thompson, APSU School of Nursing, P.O. Box 4658, Clarksville, TN 37044.

For more information about the PKP Literacy Initiative or to volunteer to give out books on the evening of Oct. 31, telephone Thompson at 7469 or e-mail her at thompsonl@apsu.edu.
Dennie Burke