ESCC Phi Theta Kappa launches two projects to serve Alabama children

Front Row (left to right): Deja Craig, Malvern, Madelyn Kelley, Cheyanna Huston-McCrea, and Haley Rose McInnis all of Enterprise. Back Row (left to right):: Brannon Brown, Kyle Smith, Amanda Thomas, Debbie Devasure all of Enterprise (ESCC)
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(PR) — ESCC Phi Theta Kappa Creates Octopi for NICU

Kristi Peters, Mathematics Instructor and Advisor for Phi Theta Kappa at Enterprise State Community College, was asked to make a few crocheted octopus toys for some gift baskets being created by a church in Malvern, AL. for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Ms. Peters agreed and asked her Phi Theta Kappa members at ESCC to help produce tiny octopi. The students knew nothing of the significance of the toys but eagerly began crocheting. During the journey they began to look into the benefits of the stuffed toys and found that many NICU babies cannot have any physical contact with their parents. The octopus is placed in the bed with the baby and it seems that suddenly heart rates stabilize, oxygen levels increase, and breathing steadies.

One of the babies to visit Children’s of Alabama was Charles Lucas from Malvern, AL. He was airlifted to Birmingham, AL. but he could not be saved. His mother, Emily Richards, began Luke’s Legacy to honor her child’s life and bring comfort to families waiting in the hospital. She is planning to deliver 48 gift baskets, one for every bed in the NICU, on December 20, 2017. She wants to incorporate items that the family will need during their stay in the hospital and a tiny octopus for the baby.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Community Room at Enterprise State Community College, Mrs. Richards will be talking about Luke’s Legacy and how we can help. If you can crochet or knit and would like to learn more about PTK’s octopus project or if you would like to make a donation to the gift baskets please join us on October 17th. You can also get more information through email at or you can contact Ms. Kristi Peters at

ESCC Phi Theta Kappa Gets Wacky

The Tau Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at ESCC will be selling knee high “Wacky Socks” of all different designs and colors to include stripes, polka dots, and Christmas. Each pair of socks is $5 and all proceeds will be donated to the Joni Ojard Project “Quilts of Comfort”. Socks will be on sale from October 2nd until October 19th on the Enterprise Campus of ESCC.

Quilts of Comfort is an organization set up and run by Joni Ojard who started the program after she went through an organ transplant. The purpose of Quilts of Comfort is to create lap quilts that are then donated to children all over the state of Alabama who are awaiting an organ donation. If you would like to purchase socks, make a donation, or get more information you can email and the advisor or an officer will get in touch with you.