On Nov. 4, Phi Theta Kappa—the national honor society for community college students—held an “Honors in Action” community event on the Cranford Campus. PTK welcomed hundreds of 6th and 7th graders from Plainfield’s Frederic W. Cook Elementary School. Sean Murphy, VP of Honors and Scholarships of the PTK, was the leading student/officer on this project. His dedication and hard work was key in the success of this event.
PTK members engage in a number of community-service projects such as this throughout the course of a year. PTK led the elementary-school students in a variety of classroom and recreational activities, including visits to the Observatory, science classrooms, and the Commons (for karaoke). Special thanks to Joana Costa, Mark Bishop, Mateusz Pejko, Maria Braga, Augusto Bermudez, Christian Pires, Maurice Adams, and the President of the PTK, Geoff Smith.
PTK student Joana Costa (center) leading Frederick W. Cook students in a discussion on safety in the chemistry lab.
PTK student Mark Bishop helping the grade schoolers with a critical-thinking exercise.
Faculty and PTK students teaming up to provide community service: Sean Williams, Chemistry Department Chair Sherry Heidary, Associate Professor Karen Schmidt, Assistant Professor Mandana Ahsani, and PTK President Geoff Smith.