Lancaster – Phi Theta Kappa, a national honors society on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus, is starting a collection drive with the help of two local girl scouts. Fifth graders Haley Bartley and Taylor Hileman asked Phi Theta Kappa members for help collecting board games to donate to local nursing homes.
"Daddy goes to school at Ohio University Lancaster," said Hileman. "And he said that PTK could help us with something like this."
The girls are doing the collection drive as part of an effort to get the Bronze Award. It's the highest award a girl can get in their level of scouting. The award encourages the girls to do something that is self-sustaining and will continue long after the girls are done with the project.
"It will bring happiness to the residents in the nursing home and help them," said Bartley."They will be able to play the games for a very long time."
Donation boxes will be set up around campus through the month of April. The girls hope people donate things like cards, puzzles and dominos in addition to traditional board games. The girls plan to take some of the games to each of the 13 nursing homes in Fairfield County.
Phi Theta Kappa presented both girls with Youth Leadership Awards at its annual induction ceremony in March.
"I was impressed with two 11 year old girls wanting to do something nice for other people," said PTK President Todd McCullough. "I was also impressed that they had the wisdom to know that the best way to accomplish that goal was to seek help from others and to have the courage to ask."
The collection boxes will be located in Brasee Hall in the North Lobby, on the third floor by the information office, and in the stairwell by the south parking lot.