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Mid Michigan Community College’s (MMCC) Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Chapter emphasizes the importance of community outreach to the students participating in the program. PTK recognizes academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.

Earlier this month, Mid’s President, Dr. Christine Hammond, joined PTK members and chapter advisor, Tammy Alvaro, to present Grant Schafer, a Gladwin High School Junior, with $150 toward his upcoming eye surgery. After learning from the family that their medical insurance wouldn’t cover the procedure Grant so desperately needs, PTK hosted a bake sale during the Deadwood Grove event in October to fundraise. Grant is now on the mend and maintains his contagiously enthusiastic attitude.

PTK members also visited Ace Hardware in Clare, Michigan to participate in the national Small Business Saturday event. This event was first observed across the nation in November 2010, and serves as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retailers. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages shopping at local small businesses. Small Business Saturday is organized and promoted by American Express

Mid students spent the day connecting with community members, wrapping holiday purchases for customers, and entered patrons into a drawing for a gift basket filled with donations from local businesses. PTK members were grateful for the opportunity to serve, and appreciated spreading holiday cheer in the area.

“Phi Theta Kappa is a great opportunity to learn, grow, and expand as a person. I have made lifelong friends and connections that I would not have made otherwise. During my time as an officer, I have enjoyed going to conventions, doing volunteer work, and going on various chapter outings. I have a new family, a PTK family, and I wouldn't change that for the world,” shared Tamara Smith, MMCC’s Chapter President.

MMCC launched a PTK chapter in 1989—one of nearly 1300 PTK chapters worldwide. Over the past 28 years, MMCC’s chapter has grown and obtained the highest level of achievement - a 5 Star Chapter. Through chapter and individual projects, members have succeeded in serving the college and community.

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