English Honor Society Donates Dictionaries

Misericordia University students in the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society completed a multiyear service project that resulted in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District receiving 1,200 dictionaries for elementary school students.

Misericordia University students began the service project in 2013 by contacting officials at regional school districts and asking them about the needs they had in the classroom. When the local school district reported a need for dictionaries in elementary classrooms, the honors group went to work. Last September, students and faculty delivered 600 dictionaries to school district administrators.

Sigma Tau Delta students conducted additional fundraisers during the 2014-15 academic year that enabled them to purchase the remaining 600 resource books so every elementary school student had one. The dictionaries were delivered to the school district shortly before students returned to the classroom for the 2015-16 school year.

Overall, Misericordia students raised $2,700 to benefit the Wilkes-Barre Area School District and its elementary school students. For the 2015-16 academic year, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society has scheduled additional service projects that will benefit students and others in need. In the spring, the honor society will hold its annual poetry auction. Proceeds from the project will enable Wilkes-Barre Area School District students to purchase books at the scholastic book fair.

Misericordia’s students also are going to host a book drive in the fall and winter. The students will be collecting gently used books for all ages and of all genres for social service agencies in the region. For more information about the book drive, please e-mail Amanda Caleb, Ph. D., assistant professor of English at Misericordia University at acaleb@misericordia.edu.