This year our "Reading is Leading" project involved the Barbara Cook chapter of Mortar Board teaming up with the Department of Child Services and Indianapolis Colts to support their "Books for Youth" program. They hosted a Reading Carnival on March 9th where local celebrities came to Purdue and read to about 200 foster children. The children were able to participate in games based on popular children's books such as The Hungry Catepillar and To Give a Mouse a Cookie. This Reading Carnival is the
kick-off to our campus wide book drive. We are having a competition between student organizations to see who can collect the most new or slightly used children's books. The books will then be sorted and stuffed in Indianapolis Colts book bags. The Department of Child Services will then ditribute the bags to over 400 local foster children. If you would like to contribute books, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We are ending the drive with a book fair for the general public at Barnes and Nobles. See the attached flier for more information.
Barnes & Noble Flyer
About Reading is Leading
The National Mortar Board Project, established in 1985, was chosen biennially by the student delegates at the National Conference until the 2002 National Conference. At that conference, delegates voted to make "Reading is Leading" the permanent National Project.
Purdue University hosts a wonderful Reading is Leading event each year inviting children from Lafayette and West Lafayette schools to come to Purdue and hear some of their favorite stories read aloud by Purdue celebrities! Different groups visit the Union throughout the day listening to athletes, faculty, mortar board members and others read stories. The students love it!
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