Lycoming chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to receive literacy grant

Lycoming chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to receive literacy grant

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College has been chosen by the international, all-discipline Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to receive full funding for its literacy grant proposal, "weeReaders: A Literacy Partnership between Lycoming College and The Salvation Army."

Lycoming's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi plans to support a reading and computer literacy project with an after-school program held at the Salvation Army.

The $2,500 grant will be used to purchase color eReaders and a selection of juvenile eBooks. Barnes and Noble will offer the College the eReaders at a discounted price. As part of the Salvation Army Learning Center's programming, Lycoming students will tutor and mentor children through reading activities.

"The overarching goal of the Salvation Army after-school program is to prepare children for a successful future by instilling a life-long love of learning," said Janet Hurlbert, associate dean and director of library services. "These goals match perfectly with the mission of Phi Kappa Phi. The chapter at Lycoming hopes that this endeavor will become a seed program that can attract more funding and volunteerism."

Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.