On October 30th, MMCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society, presented over 100 Seeds of Change booklets to Dawn Jevicks of Women’s Aid Services.
The Seeds of Change booklet, created and published by the Honor Society’s chapter, is intended for distribution to children who have experienced domestic violence. The booklet specifically talks about growing a plant, and how that process compares to growing relationships and loving people.
“At the beginning of the year, our chapter was trying to find a project that would benefit the community. In February, one of our faculty members asked us to host a One Billion Rising dance event,” explains Allyson Sura, the honor society’s chairperson for the project. “While planning the One Billion Rising event, our chapter was inspired; we realized that we wanted to conduct further research on violence against women and to find some way to make an impact in our local communities. Through our research, we learned that children involved in domestic violence are three times more likely to become involved in domestic violence as adults.”
As a result of their local research, the chapter determined to do something to impact Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot and Isabella counties. The officers of Phi Theta Kappa spent months researching and working with several MMCC faculty members who are already involved with women’s shelters around the mid-Michigan area.
“After talking to our faculty members, we determined that we wanted to help children,” Sura explains. “The group came up with the idea of putting together a small coloring book and distributing it to local shelters. The booklets include heart-shaped seed packets so that children can grow and care for their own plants.”
Phi Theta Kappa has committed to donating a total of 500 Seeds of Change booklets and 200 packages of crayons to Women’s Aid Services.
Sura states, “this project has been eye opening. Domestic violence happens in our backyards, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference in the community. We hope these books make a difference in the lives of local children and their families.”