Reading is Leading
Reading is Leading is a national program with the Mortar Board Honor Society, and happens around the same day nation wide.
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.
Mortar Board Leadership Conference
The Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board will host their annual Mortar Board Leadership Conference. This year’s theme is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This is an opportunity for students to grow, network, and develop their leadership skills alongside their fellow Boilermakers. Attendees will hear from guest speakers and partake in a leadership training workshop. Open registration for the event will begin in January, we look forward to seeing you there!
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!