The third pillar of Mortar Board is service. As Mortar Board members, students organize pot lucks at local apartment complexes, volunteer for the national hunger relief program Harvesters, and volunteer on campus in formal and informal settings such as the University's Convocation and the handing out of Valentine's Day cards to students at the Student Union. Each Mortar Board chapter has the opportunity to select new and unique service projects to make an impact.
Mortar Board members brightened K-State students' day with comical, homemade Valentine's Day cards.
Mortar Board members volunteered with Harvesters, a program to help alleviate hunger.
Reading is Leading
Our main project has been to promote Mortar Board's national theme, "Reading is Leading." Chapter members visit local community organizations, such as the Manhattan Day Care and Learning Center, Manhattan HeadStart, and the Child Development Center, each week to read new children's books. After reading the books, and spending time at the center, the members leave the books to enhance their library.
This past fall 2013, Mortar Board hosted a "Reading is Power" themed reading fair for local grade school children. They participated in story time, performed skits, and completed activities with each other, Mortar Board members, and Willie the Wildcat!
Furthermore, this is the fifth year we have raised funds to provide books to local students through First Book. First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy, access to books. Last year, for the second time, the XIX Chapter finished second in total donations, among all Mortar Board Chapters in the country, by raising more than $5,800 in a two month span. We are currently preparing to begin our donation drive.
For more information about First Book, please visit First Book's website.