DCCC Phi Theta Kappa Card Project to Bring Holiday Cheer to Veterans

Phi Theta Kappa Holiday Card

Dec. 9, 2014 – The Davidson County Community College Tau Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will bring a little cheer to a group of area veterans by delivering handmade holiday cards to the VA Medical Center in Salisbury.

The organization is encouraging students, faculty and staff to participate in the project by placing art supplies such as paper, markers, stickers, glue and glitter at locations around campus for use in creating holiday cards for the veterans. Their goal is 200 cards to distribute at the hospital. 

The project has personal meaning for Darlene Trahan, vice president of service for Phi Theta Kappa, whose husband is a military veteran. 

“We did something similar to this when we lived in Florida a few years ago, and I remember it meant a lot to the veterans and also touched a piece of my heart,” Trahan says. “I’m sure there are other members of our campus community who have family members who have served our country as well.”

Phi Theta Kappa members will personally deliver the cards to the veterans on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. as they participate in a night of holiday cheer planned by the hospital.

“We’ll be singing Christmas carols and having a festive time with these wonderful men and women who have served our country well,” Trahan says. “It’s Phi Theta Kappa’s honor to do something for the veterans who have done so much for us, and the cards are just a little token of appreciation to let them know we’re thinking about them this holiday season.”

Phi Theta Kappa is an international scholastic society that recognizes the academic achievement of two-year college students. To be eligible for membership, a student must be enrolled in an associate degree program, have successfully completed at least 12 semester hours by the end of the fall semester, have attained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 or higher and possess outstanding traits of character and citizenship. 

*Editor’s note: DCCC students (from left) Lydia Mock, Ashlin McGuinn, Parker Tilley, Darlene Trahan and Michaele Snider create holiday cards for veterans at the VA Medical Center in Salisbury. Trahan is vice president of service for Phi Theta Kappa. 

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web atdavidsonccc.edu.