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WHAT:  Members of the Southeast Missouri State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society will prepare and deliver 1,000 Little Golden Books to Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center as part of “Make a Difference Day” activities.

WHEN/WHERE:  1 p.m. Oct. 25:  Phi Kappa Phi members will meet in Academic Hall Room 337 to prepare 1,000 Little Golden Books with labels and a letter from the honor society. Approximately 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25: Phi Kappa Phi members will begin delivering the books to Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center. The first delivery will be made to the lobby of Southeast Missouri Hospital. Approximately 3:15 p.m.: Phi Kappa Phi members will deliver books to the lobby of Saint Francis Medical Center.

BACK-GROUND:  Make A Difference Day, scheduled for Oct. 25, is a national day of helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Created by USA WEEKEND magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. In 2002, three million people in communities across the country volunteered, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns. Phi Kappa Phi honor society is participating via its ongoing “Born to Read” program. The initiative is a cooperative literacy effort that began in early 2001, that puts a new book into the hands of every newborn baby at Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center. Under the program, every newborn receives a new Little Golden Book upon their departure from the hospital. In addition and in cooperation with the local hospitals, Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 260 provides parents of each newborn with information on the importance of reading in a child’s life and ways to make reading an essential part of their family life.