PROJECTS OF WORK
The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of chronically ill children. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love. Last year Eta Mu donated 35 Jared Boxes to a local hospital.
A Jared Box is a shoebox size plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, cards, and games. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals and are given to chronically ill children. The Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments.
The Jared Box project was started in 2001 by the children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College, PA to honor their classmate and friend, Jared. He was a brave little boy who battled cancer with courage and faith that continues to inspire us all..
Learn more at The Jared Box Project
Modesto Gospel Mission
Eta Mu members donate time, money, and supplies to the Modesto Gospel Mission to help families and their children succeed in meeting their goals. In the summer members donate backpacks for school children from the Mission. Find out what the Modesto Gospel Mission does to help community members succeed at modestogospelmission.org
Chapter members volunteer in classrooms across the community. Some support local teachers and others tutor in community programs such as those for English learners and newcomers studying for United States citizenship. Last year Eta Mu members donated hours of volunteer support in local schools.
Read Across America
Eta Mu members donate books and read to students at the local Mary Lou Dieterich School named after one of the chapters distinguished members, and at Chrysler School where one of our members teaches.
We help the students Celebrate Literacy on March 2nd. Members read donated books to primary and intermediate classes as part of Read Across America Day celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss's birthday.
For information about Read Across America go to the NEA site dedicated to activities to support reading by following this link: Read Across America
OTHER COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Eta Mu members also donate Socks for Veterans. Members donate a basket for the Area XVII Raffle to raise funds for Early Career Educator Awards.