Staff Writer

The Mortar Board's week of service from Nov. 8 to 12 will include the organization's first "Reading is Leading" book drive.
The organization's national philanthropy centers around "Reading is Leading," Elizabeth Chapman, Mortar Board's vice president, said.
"We are having this book drive to help promote literature and reading," Chapman said.
The book drive will serve as a competition between student organizations. The organization with the most donations will be awarded $100 to give to its philanthropy of choice. All kinds of books will be accepted, including children's books, textbooks and novels. Drop boxes for the book drive are located beside the Sweet Shop in the University Center, outside of Starbucks at Hodges Library, outside the office in the Panhellenic building, Presidential Court, and the Ag/Vet Medical Library.
Each drop box will have a folder containing labels. The donor should write his or her name and organization on the label and place it inside the cover of each book donated. This procedure will allow Mortar Board members to keep track of how many books each organization has donated. The books will be given to Knoxville Promise, which will distribute the books to the appropriate organizations that are in need.
"The goal of 'Reading is Leading' is simply to get people back into books by advocating reading," Carol White, president of Mortar Board, said.
"We wanted to find a way to give back to the community, and this was a wonderful way to provide students with an opportunity to donate to the Knoxville area.
"We want to encourage everyone, from people in the different academic departments to various campus organizations to individual students, to participate in this drive."