Eta Sigma Phi Introduces Elementary School Students to Classical World


Publication Date: 12/20/2007

(l-r) Bruce Elementary students Maya Turner, Destiny Campbell, and Colby Thompson

The fall semester marked the tenth year that Rhodes′ chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and Greek, has sponsored a service project at Bruce Elementary School (581 S. Bellevue Blvd.). Every Monday after school, Eta Sigma Phi members provided a snack and then introduced fourth and fifth graders to the classical world with an activity or presentation.

Honor society members also taught the students the Greek alphabet and helped them create a Roman Standard. Whitney Carter ’08 and Allie Marbry ’09, student coordinators for the project, recently led the students in a “Roman triumph.” In the past, Rhodes students also have taught Greek song and dance, made pottery and held a miniature Olympics.

On the day before Halloween, David Sick, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies, helped the students make masks of various gods and goddesses. Professor Sick, the faculty advisor for the service project, hopes that the lessons “demonstrate to the community the practical applications of Greek and Roman studies.”

Other Eta Sigma Phi members and volunteers include Lauren Dill ’08, Kelly White ’09 and Stephanie Wilson ’09. 

Established at Rhodes in 1952, the Beta Psi chapter was recognized by Eta Sigma Phi with the “Outreach Award” in 2002 and 2003 for its outstanding service.

(Information compiled by Bryan Hearn, Rhodes Student Associate in the Communications Office.)