Pearl River students promote literacy in local communities

Pearl River Community College’s Iota Mu Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action (HiA) team is promoting literacy through its research based project this year. 

The HiA team is hosting a virtual book fair to promote literacy in young children. The project’s objective is to collect books for students in the third grade and donate them to local elementary schools. The group has partnered with Poplarville Upper Elementary and Nicholson Elementary in Picayune to provide books to their students. 

“I’m excited to promote reading and help children get as excited about books as I was when I was younger,” HiA member Jessica Helgerson said. “I think this book fair is a great opportunity for the children within our community.”

Through their research the HiA team learned about the detrimental effects illiteracy can have on a community. The effects such as increased dropout rates, high unemployment, incarceration probability and early death spurred their determination to make a difference in their local communities. They also learned that the third-grade age level was crucial in a child’s development. With many young students turning to virtual learning during the Covid-19 pandemic and relying more on sometimes difficult to access technology, HiA students thought it was important for local third-graders to have access to physical books to promote literacy. 

Those interested in purchasing books for the virtual book fair can do so directly from teacher’s wish lists here. Monetary donations can also be made through the PRCC Alumni Foundation link Simply select Phi Theta Kappa Literacy Project from the drop-down menu. 

“I am excited to help my community and hope to encourage a positive attitude toward reading,” HiA member Anna Knoll said. 

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Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.