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Napa Valley College’s Phi Theta Kappa Receives Honors in Action Grant

Napa Valley College (NVC) Beta Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has been selected to receive a $1,000 Honors in Action (HIA) grant, announced NVC student and PTK President Kēhaulani McAllister.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Beta Beta Sigma Chapter at NVC achieved Five Star chapter in the Five Star Chapter Plan for Phi Theta Kappa, and has been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally. The purpose of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action Grant Program is to support student engagement in Honors in Action.

The Honors in Action (HIA) program encourages students to use what they’re learning in the classroom to research and solve real-world challenges in the community. The goal is to turn research into a plan of action by creating projects or events that meets a specific need in our area.

Napa Valley College’s Beta Beta Sigma Chapter used the funds from the Honors in Action grant to help the community and NVC’s students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The chapter organized three service projects that were related to their driving HIA question and the real physical needs of people in the community who are suffering from the effects of the pandemic shut down and the state stay-at-home guidelines.

Their first project was to rent a billboard to remind the community of the CDC’s pandemic hygiene practices, social distancing and face mask requirements. The second project was to provide 300 face masks and 150 bottles of hand sanitizer to the NVC student Food Basket, which provides food and other groceries to students in need. The third project was to organize a canned food drive counties to help support the dwindling food supply at NVC’s Food Basket. Through the HIA grant, Beta Beta Sigma was able to pay for their supplies and advertising.

Funding for the 2020 Honors in Action grants was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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