Phi Theta Kappa hosts art drive


Christian Tabak

Volunteer Reporter —

 

From left: PTK officers Ian Hughes, Elizabeth Tabak, Allona Cearley, Tammie Sharp and Christian Tabak collect supplies for the Honors in Action art drive to benefit the RSC adopted schools. (Photo courtesy of Seth Patterson)

From left: PTK officers Ian Hughes, Elizabeth Tabak, Allona Cearley, Tammie Sharp and Christian Tabak collect supplies for the Honors in Action art drive to benefit the RSC adopted schools. (Photo courtesy of Seth Patterson)

 

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held an art supply drive for the RSC adopted elementary schools, Telstar and Willow Brook, Nov. 17-20.

PTK invited students to contribute to the educational enrichment of the adopted schools by accepting donations of crayons, activity books and coloring books as part of their yearly “Honors in Action” project.

“Alpha Eta Alpha (RSC’s chapter of PTK) would like to give hope to the children at the two schools by being involved in some fashion to provide the arts as a positive influence within the education system, and show that the arts can provide a way to rise above the poverty line,” President Tammie Sharp said.

The donated art supplies will be given to the adopted schools students as part of a Christmas backpack, organized by Dr. Joanne Stafford, director of special services and student outreach, which will be distributed at the “Rumble into Reading” celebration for the schools on Dec. 5.

The Tomorrow’s Educators Advancing Careers Here Club held a book drive in October to contribute to Rumble into Reading.

“The Alpha Eta Alpha team would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Frances Hendrix and Dr. Joanne Stafford for their advice and support with this project,” said Executive Vice President Elizabeth Tabak.

“We have been awed to see Rose students, faculty and the community reaching out and uniting in a cause; the Telstar and Willow Brook students truly have become ‘our’ students,” she said.

“We would like to extend many thanks to all those who donated to the art drive. Thank you,” Sharp said.

“A particularly humbling donation that came was from Victor, a seven-year-old student who donated his own school supplies and Pokemon card money,” Tabak said. “His donation came with a letter, reminding us to ‘remember the children.’”

The Honors in Action project required a research component, which is about how the incorporation of the visual and performing arts in education helps to create a positive outlet to the effects of poverty within the K-12 education system.

PTK sold refreshments at the stomp dance, hosted by the American Indian Association as part of their Native American Heritage Month celebration, on Nov. 20. The proceeds will go to Telstar and Willow Brook.

For more information on the art drive, the Honors in Action project, or becoming a member of PTK, contact adviser Caryl Gibbs at cgibbs@rose.edu, adviser Suzanne Thomas at sthomas@rose.edu or Sharp at tammie-sharp@raider.rose.edu.

 

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