WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Lycoming College chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently donated eight NOOK color e-readers to Williamsport's Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action (CAPPA).
Nearly 80 e-books, appropriate for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, were purchased and loaded onto the e-readers and will be used by students and volunteers in CAPPA's afterschool program. This spring, seven Lycoming College students volunteered at the program.
The College was awarded a $2,500 grant to purchase the e-readers and juvenile e-books through the honor society's Literacy Grants program, which was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives.
CAPPA was founded in 2002 and offers programs aimed at improving the academic performance, character and self-esteem of local youth. It received a 2011 Organization of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention.
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated. Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.
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