Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Awarded
Books to Benefit President Jackie Langhoff and Board Member and Operational Manager Mary Lou Winterland met Books to Benefit Community Scholarship winner Joshua Plank and his fiancée Skylar Zahari at the Heartland Community College Celebration of Excellence event on Wednesday, October 25 at ISU’s Bone Student Center.
“I am a non-traditional student who decided to attend college after a decade in the workforce. I enjoy writing and am studying to be an English teacher,” shared Plank. “Thank you for your generosity. Receiving this scholarship allows me to focus more on education and worry less about finances.”
Plank embraces his educational opportunities. He is president of the Alpha Omega Xi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students); he works as a peer mentor for Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education, an educational support program funded by the Department of Education); and he volunteers to work with grade school children at the YWCA.
“This experience made our impact on literacy very real. It was so rewarding to meet our scholarship recipient. Josh takes his education seriously and is very deserving of this scholarship,” commented Winterland.
“And besides, he loves books,” chuckled Langhoff. “When we talked about our upcoming book sale, Josh and Skylar made plans to come.”
Books to Benefit will host its semiannual used book sale in support of literacy on November 2-5 at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal. $5 admission fee applies to the preview sale on Thursday, November 2 from 5 – 8 p.m. The regular sale runs from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, November 3 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 4. The $5 Book Lover’s Bag Sale will be held from noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 5. Books to Benefit will supply the bags on Sunday.