APSU PKP Chapter collecting books for Candy of the Mind

Story by Michele Tyndall

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As you shop for Halloween goodies or other items, remember to pick up a new book or two to donate to the annual Candy for the Mind project at Austin Peay State University.

For the 11th consecutive Halloween, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) at APSU is collecting new and gently used children’s books for its Candy for the Mind project. Members of the campus and local community are invited to support this effort through donations of books or funds for the purchase of books.

In addition, the APSU Bookstore will donate $100 to a campus organization’s philanthropic effort for collecting and donating the most books. Details will be forthcoming from the APSU PKP chapter via campus email.

During last year’s G.H.O.S.T. (Great Halloween Options for Safe Trick-or-Treating), the on-campus alternative for safe trick-or-treating, PKP distributed more than 2,000 books to community children. Currently, PKP has some books on hand for distribution during this year’s G.H.O.S.T., 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27 but needs many more. Since the inception of the Candy for the Mind project in 2003, thousands of children who trick-or-treat at APSU have been thrilled to receive a book as a Halloween treat.

Dr. Dewey Browder, past president of Phi Kappa Phi, said, “Reading and holding a real book in your hands is one of the great joys in life. Candy for the Mind encourages children to read and value that experience, and reading is at the heart of the PKP motto, ‘Let the love of learning rule humanity.’”
Dr. John Blake, PKP President, added, “Candy for the Mind is a unique chance for Phi Kappa Phi to help children develop a love of reading and learning, and to become scholars themselves.”

Collection boxes for new or gently used children’s books will be placed in the Woodward Library, in the Sundquist Science Complex outside Room B217, in the Ann Ross bookstore, in Harned Hall outside Room 142 and on the 3rd floor near the History & Philosophy Office. At the Fort Campbell Center, collection boxes will be placed in the lobby of the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell facility and at the APSU offices in the Army Education Center. Boxes may be placed at other locations, both on and off campus, as well. Donated books can be placed in the receptacles through Friday, Oct. 18.

Financial donations also will be accepted. PKP members will use the money to purchase age-appropriate books. A check, made out to “PKP Candy for the Mind,” should be mailed to the PKP treasurer, Dr. Sheena Harris, APSU Box 4486, Clarksville, TN 37044.

For more information, please contact Dr. John Blake, PKP President, at 931-221-1476 or blakej@apsu.edu or Michele Tyndall, PKP Public Relations officer, at 931-221-6432 or tyndallm@apsu.edu.