Cutline: Members of Phi Theta Kappa at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School organized food for food baskets. From left are Debbie Stafford, advisor; Patricia Stegman, Liberal;  Kristina Brisendine, Liberal; Kristen Walter, Liberal; Kelsey Cook, Ulysses; Stephanie Boaldin, Elkhart; Kekoa Mendenhall, Dodge City; Liz Ginther, Dodge City; and Andrea Hart, Liberal.

Phi Theta Kappa at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has had an extremely busy fall semester.
Members of this honor society collected 487 children’s books during its recent book drive.
“We are extremely pleased with the results of this project, and we would like to acknowledge that your contributions were invaluable,” said Debbie Stafford, advisor.
Phi Theta Kappa also hosted the annual Holiday Party for Big Brothers and Big Sisters where many of the books were given out. In spite of the frigid temperatures, over 30 people attended enjoying food, fun, fellowship, prizes and gifts.
Phi Theta Kappa member Kristen Walter spent the better part of her Friday afternoon sorting and organizing the books according to age appropriate categories. She displayed many of the books under the Christmas Tree. At the end of the evening the children were invited to select as many books as they liked.
Given that Phi Theta Kappa believes strongly that literacy is the key to future success, it was gratifying to experience the children’s interest in reading.
The remainder of the books collected was delivered to Stepping Stone Shelter.
As another service-learning project, Phi Theta Kappa collected food and assembled 12 Thanksgiving dinners to students referred by the college administration, faculty and staff. Food was collected on campus as well as through a scavenger hunt. Teams discussed strategies, assigned territories, and identified each person’s role. Members collected every food item needed in just over one hour, Stafford said.