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Phi Theta Kappa completes winter service project

Phi Theta Kappa completes winter service project

March 05, 2021

UA-PTC's Phi Theta Kappa students completed their winter service project that entailed collecting donations for The Van, a non-profit organization that provides goods to the homeless community.

Phi Theta Kappa students wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way; during the groups past October monthly meeting, the group brainstormed on what they could do to "pay it forward." With the pandemic impacting many of our local nonprofit organizations, it was decided that The Van organization would be a perfect winter service project. Students and faculty members joined forces and collected flashlights, gloves, blankets, socks, and hygiene products. One of the group members remarked that this act of giving reminded her of the The Starfish Story: "Do you realize there are miles of miles of miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't make any difference." After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf, then smiling at the man, he said: "I made a difference to that one."

"We are proud of our Phi Theta Kappa students; they touched lives with their act of kindness," said Jessica Wise, Phi Theta Kappa advisor and Instructor of English.

For more information about The Van, visit

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that promotes academic excellence. Members are eligible to compete for scholarships, to participate in regional, national, and international meetings and institutes, and to attend workshops on leadership and scholarships. Additional information about Phi Theta Kappa is available by visiting

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