Mortar Board raising funds for books

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2008

TROY – Troy University’s Spires Honor Society Chapter of Mortar Board is competing with other chapters from around the country in a fundraising drive that will put books in the hands of Pike County children.

Through Oct. 15, the chapter is participating in the campaign with First Book Marketplace, a non-profit organization that provides high-quality children’s books and educational materials at deeply discounted prices to organizations serving children from low-income families. Head Start of Pike County will be the beneficiary of the fund drive.

“Mortar Board's national project is ‘Reading Is Leading,’ and schools across the nation are doing projects focused around books,” said Stephanie Yawn, president of the TROY chapter. “We want children in Pike County to get their first book and we’re asking people to make contributions to make that happen.”

The “Virtual Book Drive” is accessed on the web at firstbook.org/mortarboard. In order to make a donation, select “Troy University” and the funds generated will be sent to the Head Start program in the county.

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Troy University Mortar Board president Stephanie Yawn, left, a senior political science/international relations major from Gurley and Amy Scaro, Mortar Board alumni relations officers, right, a senior broadcast journalism major from Calera, work with Pike County Head Start students. The national honor society is raising money through Oct. 15 with a virtual book drive. (TROY photo)