Methodist College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Wins Grant to Support Learning Through Art
The Methodist College Phi Kappa Phi #353 chapter received a literacy grant to benefit the Peoria Regional Learning Center. The $2,500 grant will be used to support The Art of Empowerment: Building Social-Emotional Learning Through Art project. Chapter member Melissa Williams, MSN, RN, wrote and submitted the grant application. The grant is one of only twelve awarded by Phi Kappa Phi each year!
The Art of Empowerment project will expand upon an ongoing literacy project with Peoria Regional Learning Center and Phi Kappa Phi #353 established two years ago. Members of the Methodist College chapter organized a drive to collect donated books to expand the school’s sparse library book selection for students and staff. The Phi Kappa Phi literacy grant will fund art-based activities for Peoria Regional Learning Center teachers to incorporate into their social-emotional curriculum. The grant will assist the Peoria Regional Learning Center in purchasing art supplies for painting, drawing, sculpting, and crochet projects. It will allow students to draw, create, and paint their way towards emotional self-regulation, improved well-being and confidence in self-expression that will last into adulthood. The project will also expand volunteerism opportunities at Peoria Regional Learning Center with members of the Phi Kappa Phi #353 chapter.
The Peoria Regional Learning Center is a community partner of Methodist College. Phi Kappa Phi #353 members host several activities for the center throughout the year including a book drive and lunch supplies. The Peoria Regional Learning Center is an additional option secondary education for “at-risk” students to improve their chances of graduation. Enrollment includes students throughout Peoria County who have a history of giving up on school for reasons spanning across academic, emotional, and social spectrums.
Phi Kappa Phi’s Literacy Grant Program, established in 2003, is part of the Society’s robust awards program, which award more than $1 million each year to outstanding student and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development and member and chapter awards. Drawing from a multidisciplinary society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, the grants help fund projects ranging from traditional reading initiatives to those fostering learning in cultural, digital, health, historical literacy and beyond. The winning projects were selected for a grant based on a number of criteria including the project’s scope, student and community involvement, impact, duration and ability to achieve success.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is a century-old community of scholars and professionals in all areas of study. The mission of the society is “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Methodist College Phi Kappa Phi #353 was established in 2019 by faculty and staff.