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PKP Honor Society collecting books to give away as Halloween ‘treats'

For the third year, Austin Peay State Universitys chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) will give away books at Halloween, rather than candy and other sweets.

Initiated several years ago by the APSU Student Government Association, APSUs safe trick-or-treating event, called G.H.O.S.T, will be held this year from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29 in the bowl area between the Morgan University Center and Woodward Library.
For the third year, Austin Peay State University's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) will give away books at Halloween, rather than candy and other sweets.

Initiated several years ago by the APSU Student Government Association, APSU's safe trick-or-treating event, called G.H.O.S.T, will be held this year from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29 in the bowl area between the Morgan University Center and Woodward Library.

The goal for the 2006 PKP Literacy Project: “Candy for the Mind” is to collect enough books to be able to give away 1,000 copiesthe estimated number of children who trick-or-treat on campus each year.

Recalling a memorable event that occurred the second year of the Candy for the Mind project, Dr. Aleeta Christian, professor of developmental writing and PKP member, said, “One little boy came running up to our table, smiling ear to ear, and said, ‘I was hoping you'd be back this year and give me another book!'

“You should have seen the pure joy on his face when we let him choose the book he wanted. Those of us who have grown up with books all our lives don't realize that, in some homes, books are rare. Any money that comes in goes toward rent and groceries.

“This Halloween, we have the opportunity to feed little minds and nourish young imaginations. That's what we, as a University community, are all aboutdeveloping the love of learning in future generations. Studies prove that children who learn to love books when they are young and impressionable continue to enjoy reading and learning the rest of their lives.”

Dr. Susan Calovini, professor of English and PKP president, said, “I hope we never have to send any child away without an age-appropriate book. The course of some of these children's lives may be changed dramatically as a result of the books we put into their hands.”

PKP members are asking for donations of new or gently used children's books. These may be dropped in collection boxes located in the lobby of Woodward Library, near the information desk in the Morgan University Center or in the department of languages and literature and department of history and philosophy, both in Harned Hall.

Additionally, financial donations will be used to purchase books for the “Candy for the Mind” project. Please send such donations to PKP treasurer, Kay Haralson, associate professor of developmental mathematics, P.O. Box 4476, APSU, Clarksville, TN 37044.

All donations must be received no later than Friday, Oct. 20 to allow time for members to purchase and sort books by age-appropriate categories.

Volunteers are needed to pass out books on Oct. 29. To volunteer, please contact Christian by telephone at 221-7612 or e-mail at christiana@apsu.edu.

“Those of us who've volunteered in the past know you will enjoy seeing the delight of the children as you hand them a book all their own,” Calovini said. For more information, contact Calovini by telephone at 221-7964 or by e-mail at calovinis@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke