Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), an English honor society at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC), raised 1,446 children’s books for the DeKalb County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) through their National Project. Each year, the club submits a project for the annual convention in the spring. This year’s convention, in Louisville, Kentucky, focuses on the theme of re-creation. The NACC chapter of SKD chose to center their project around Jesmyn Ward’s award-winning novel Salvage the Bones, a book about a girl seeking to recreate herself.
Copies of the novel were given to students in one of Joan Tucker’s English classes. The students were required to read the novel, and SKD members were assigned to lead a group of four students each. Each group had to complete different activities pertaining to the book, such as creating board games, making collages, creating soundtracks and writing original poetry. After completing their projects, students presented them to the class. “I was happy to have my English Composition class read Salvage the Bones and work with the Sigma Kappa Delta officers to create such impressive projects,” said Joan Tucker, English instructor and co-sponsor of SKD. “Both the students and the officers were able to learn a lot from each other by working together.”
Another part of the project involved collecting children’s books to be donated to the CAC in Fort Payne. Since the plot of the novel focuses on the life of a young girl, the organization saw this as a worthy service project. SKD officers set up book boxes for the drive and designed fliers with the slogan “Salvage Your Children’s Books” to promote it. From September throughout the month of October, students and teachers, along with Plainview and Sylvania high schools, gave a total of 1,446 books to be donated.
Working with the SKD students were Joan Tucker, English instructor and co-sponsor of SKD, and Joan Reeves, Chair of the English and Fine Arts Division and co-sponsor of SKD.
“This project was perfect for us because it gave us the opportunity to have a component related to NACC students and also a community service component,” Reeves said. “As an English honors society, it was important that our project promote literacy.”
NACC students working with this project are Daley Wilks, SKD president; Sam Hughes, vice president; Katie Poe, secretary; Andrea Melchiorre, treasurer; and Kristen Shelton, historian.
For more information about this project, contact Joan Reeves, SKD co-sponsor, at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2231, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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