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Feb 08
Honor society launches book drive for jail


Members of an English class pack books into a box Thursday on NPCC's south campus. It's all part of a book drive for inmates in the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center. Pictured left to right are: students Caprice Brown, of Big Springs, and Ashley Husemoller, of North Platte, and instructor Kristi Leibhart.

North Platte Community College's newest honor society is wasting no time in giving back to the community. 

The Rho Zeta chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, the national English honor society for two-year colleges, was approved in December. On Monday, members will begin collecting books for inmates in the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center. 

Ashley Linke, of Cozad, is president of the SKD chapter. She came up with the idea of donating books to the jail. 

"I thought, 'Why not help them'?" Linke said. "Most of the people who go in there are eventually going to come back out. Why not give them a way to help pass the time and to improve their education ahead of their release?" 

SKD members are asking for donations of new or gently used, paperback books. Collection boxes will be set up in three locations on NPCC's south campus - the welcome center and fireplace area of the McDonald-Belton Building and by the stairs in the Health and Science Center. There will also be a box at the welcome center on NPCC's north campus. 

The campaign will wrap up Feb. 20 during the Knights basketball games in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium. Anyone who donates a book will receive free admission to the games.  

"This is our first community project as an organization," said Kristi Leibhart, sponsor. "The group is really interested in promoting and enhancing the accessibility to literature in our community, and this project is the perfect way to do that."

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​