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Motlow's Phi Theta Kappa protects environment with Honors in Action project

Jan. 14, 2015

Members of the Motlow College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recently completed their Honors in Action project, "Exploring the Natural Environment," which included cleaning up two waterways in the middle Tennessee area.

PTK is an honors society at two-year institutions across the world, while Honors in Action is an annual project for Motlow's chapter of PTK.

"Throughout the process of completing the project, our chapter acquired a plethora of knowledge," said Dayron Deaton-Owens, assistant professor of psychology and sociology and faculty advisor for PTK. "Our main objective was to help improve the state of the environment for our community."

In order to learn about the importance of protecting the environment, the chapter visited The Farm, a community organization in Summertown. From their research, they learned about pollution in America's river systems.

"We also learned that there is a serious lack of education in our school systems about the importance of preserving the environment," added Deaton-Owens, "To combat this problem, our chapter met with three separate organizations in order to teach children the importance of recycling."

In addition to educating over 150 children from two different schools about protecting the environment, PTK members actively participated in their cause by removing over two tons of trash from two Tennessee rivers.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, please contact Gregg Garrison (McMinnville Center) at 931-668-7010 or, Laura Brown (Moore County) at 931-393-1538 or, Nick Bush (Smyrna) at 615-220-7833 or, or Laura Monks (Fayetteville) at 931-438-0028 or