Our 2015 EWI ASIST Scholarship Winner, Victoria Bankowski, has some big volunteering plans for the Phi-Theta Kappa.

Summer Volunteer Service with Wayne County Community College District’s Phi-Theta Kappa, Alpha Upsilon Zeta Chapter

Victoria Bankowski

As an officer of Wayne County Community College District’s Phi-Theta Kappa Chapter Alpha Upsilon Zeta, I have had the opportunity to become involved in volunteering in my community. These opportunities have had a huge impact on the way in which I see how volunteering can change a community.

Marcia Evans, the president of Wayne County Community College District’s Phi-Theta Kappa Alpha Upsilon Zeta Chapter, and I have gotten the opportunity to work alongside Executive Women’s International (EWI of Detroit /Windsor), “Brick by Book” program; as they change the lives of elementary students in Southwest Detroit. What EWI has done for the students of Harms Elementary School is life changing. Marcia and I had the opportunity and pleasure of working together with EWI’s Renea Anastasia, and other members of EWI Detroit/Windsor, ensuring that the children of Harms Elementary School, receive the educational materials they need to become successful in their reading and written comprehension.

Brick by Book is a literacy program, designed to promote the importance of the reading and written comprehension in elementary school children at Harms Elementary. Harms Elementary is a public school that is “Beating the Odds,” and is recognized by the Michigan Department of Education as one of the top 50 schools in the state of Michigan.

Over the summer Marcia and I plan to promote the importance of the program alongside EWI, and plan to gather supplies for the students to use in their classrooms. The supplies will be collected from neighboring community businesses and distributed to the children. Many of the elementary schools of the Detroit Public School System slip through the cracks and do not receive the funding they need to promote academic excellence. I want to be a part of this. I can help by going to neighborhood organizations and asking for any supplies the students might need to be able to be productive during the school year. I am encouraging Wayne County Community College District’s Chapter of Phi-Theta Kappa to get involved. What EWI is doing, is insuring these children have a chance to “THRIVE.”

I am encouraging every chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, to adopt a school, and promote the importance of reading and written expression. Together, all of Phi Theta Kappa’s Chapters can help increase the reading and written success of the elementary student success in America. Step Up, and Speak Out, Phi Theta Kappa, and become a part of the success of an elementary school’s reading and written comprehension student success story.


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