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Reading is Leading

Reading is Leading is a national program with the Mortar Board Honor Society. This is an event that the Purdue Mortar Board hosts annually, bringing 200 elementary school students from West Lafayette/Lafayette to Purdue’s campus where students participate in a series of activities lead by Purdue student volunteers.

The Reading is Leading program intends to serve the local community and make a difference in children’s lives by engaging with elementary school students to excite a passion for reading.  In addition, the program focuses on creating excitement for learning, ambition for college, and pride for Purdue. Student leaders from across campus including ROTC members, musicians, researchers, and athletes serve as “Celebrity Readers,” reading their favorite books to the elementary students.  The children also play hopscotch with sight words, write, and learn cheers, song, and dances that highlight the importance of reading.

In the past Reading is Leading has had an important impact on young students. Teachers discuss that they have been very grateful for their students’ improved attitudes towards reading and school after attending Reading is Leading. Purdue University student participants also are grateful for this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in the surrounding community.  It is truly a special event for Purdue and Mortar Board alike.


Panel with the Presidents

The Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board hosted our inaugural Panel with the Presidents Event in January 2024. Panelists included the Mortar Board National President, Mortar Board National Executive Director, Purdue College of Agriculture Dean, Purdue Dean of Students, and Student Trustee. This was a special panel event to hear about stories of success and learn from those who have accomplished high achievements. 

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Nearly Naked Mile

The Nearly Naked Mile is a fun run event where clothes and proceeds benefit Lafayette School Corporations. Students will have the opportunity to run "nearly naked" with minimum dress of your typical swimsuit through Purdue's campus. Participation is free but clothing donations are encouraged! 

Look at our Instagram to find more photos from our events!


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