PRCC’s Iota Mu Chapter Enhances Community Engagement with Spring Service Project

May 20, 2024

The Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Pearl River Community College recently completed its spring service project, marking another milestone in the chapter’s ongoing commitment to community engagement. Chapter members elected to return to Pearl River County Nursing Home, one of the sites visited during the 2022 – 2023 school year for the Honors in Action Project, which placed in the top three projects internationally and was published in Civic Scholar.  

Sixteen young adults wearing maroon shirts smile with some holding puzzles and games.
PRCC Iota Mu Chapter Members prepare for spring service project 2024.

Residents were delighted to immerse themselves in virtual reality experiences, enjoy classic games like Mario Kart, checkers, and UNO, and exercise their creativity by crafting Lego flowers, a cherished memento for each participant. 

Two people wear VR headsets with other sitting around them. A young man and older man play checkers at a table in the back of the room.
PRCC Iota Mu supplied VR headsets for nursing home residents to use.

The chapter’s collaborative approach, involving students in the decision-making process, underscores its dedication to service and leadership development. Through initiatives like these, Phi Theta Kappa members at Pearl River Community College continue to embody the spirit of excellence and service, leaving a lasting impression on both residents and volunteers alike. 

Young man wearing maroon tshirt and black ball cap plays checkers with an older man wearing a blue shirt and maroon ball cap.
Iota Mu member plays checkers with nursing home resident.

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is known as the foremost honor society for two-year colleges with over 1,300 chapters worldwide. The Iota Mu Chapter covers students attending either the Hancock or Poplarville Campus.  

Membership is reserved for students who have proven their dedication to academic achievement, requiring a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and completing at least 12 credit hours of non-remedial coursework. Scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship are the four hallmarks of PTK. 

Five young adults sit with three older adults at a round table where they are playing the card game, Uno.
PRCC Iota Mu members play Uno with Nursing home residents.

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Article by Laura O’Neill. Photos supplied by PTK Advisor Kira Arthurs.

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