Gannon University Students Deliver Bundles from the Heart

BundlesPosted: March 10, 2015

Gannon students Rosa Fatica (left) and Leah Roscoe (right) flank Jennifer Snopko of the American Red Cross of Greater Erie County

Snuggling up with a warm blanket and a good book was an attractive proposition during the long Erie winter, so it's no surprise that a creative group of students from Gannon University's School of Education turned the idea into a community service project.

The project got its start last year when members of Gannon's Phi Zeta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the national education honorary society, began making blankets to donate to Project Linus, an organization that distributes homemade blankets to children in need.

It was a worthy project, but the Phi Zeta members wanted to combine the concept with education, and Bundles from the Heart: Snuggle Up and Read with Phi Zeta, was created.

For the Bundles from the Heart project, Phi Zeta members combined the blankets with books they chose for specific age ranges of children, and then bundled a blanket and book together. Two Phi Zeta members, Leah Roscoe and Rosa Fatica, both early childhood education and special education majors, met with a representative from the American Red Cross of Greater Erie County to discuss the project.

"We talked about how important it was for children to have something they could call their own, especially after devastation," Roscoe said.

As a result, the Gannon students prepared 20 bundles, which will be distributed by Red Cross volunteers to children who are the victims of devastating house fires. The first of these bundles will be presented to the Red Cross on March 11.

The community service project also helped build community within the School of Education as students were invited to make the bundles. "You didn't have to be in the [Phi Zeta] chapter to participate," Roscoe said, "and it was great to get to know other people in our major outside of class. We hope to continue this project and to prepare more bundles as the bundles are distributed."

In 2013, the Phi Zeta chapter was selected by The Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation's Project Achievement Award for the Literacy Alive! project. Kappa Delta Pi was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The Greek letters represent knowledge, duty and power. 

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