The Kansas State Mortar Board Chapter is very active with many service projects throughout the year. Each chapter comes up with new and meaningful ways to serve K-State and the Manhattan community. Some highlights from the 2011-2012 academic year included a a trip to serve at the Harvesters food bank in Kansas City as well as multiple dinners with the residents at the Towers apartments in Manhattan.
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.
Furthermore, this is the fourth 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. Also, for the second year 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.
For more information about First Book, please visit First Book's website.