03/27/05 — MOC sorority sponsors reading visits to elderly

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MOC sorority sponsors reading visits to elderly

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 27, 2005 2:00 AM

MOUNT OLIVE -- Some Mount Olive College students have been participating in a community involvement project called "Reading for Joy."

Sponsored by the Omega Upsilon Sorority, the program provides a way for undergraduate students to visit and read to retirement home residents. They have been enjoying the book "Big Fish," by Daniel Wallace.

Dr. Bennis Blue, an assistant professor of English at the college, said, "The young women of the Upsilon Omega Sorority rose to the challenge of promoting literacy.

"Reading this book and participating in all of the associated activities are our ways of responding to the Wayne County Public Libraries' efforts to get all of the Wayne citizens involved in reading," Blue said.

"Our MOC students are involved in 'Big Fish' activities as a literacy outreach activity because they feel it is part of their civic mission and they care about literacy in the community," he added.

Joanne Morgan, the director of health services and a sorority adviser, said, "This is an event that is 100 percent win-win.

"Our students get the chance to share a story that excites memory to a set of folks whose memories exceed half a century. If only one smile or one statement that starts with 'I remember when' occurs, their efforts are successful. I predict that this will reward all that participate."