Armstrong's Kappa Delta Pi Wins National Award
(June 15, 2011) The Armstrong Nu Zeta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society, won a national service award for their Literacy Alive! Project “Plenty a Books” in May.
Kappa Delta Pi's Literacy Alive! Project is a national service initiative that encourages the society's members to engage the community by bringing literacy-related programs and events to children. Over a period of three months, the members of Armstrong's Nu Zeta chapter collected 170 children's books from family and friends and presented them to the Children's Hospital Outpatient Center at Memorial University Medical Center. The members also collected puzzles, audiotapes, and workbooks. This was the first year that the Armstrong chapter participated in the initiative.
“I think it shows the members that their hard work paid off,” said Dr. Glenda Ogletree, assistant professor in the Department of Childhood and Exceptional Student Education and faculty advisor of the chapter since 2008. “They didn't do it to win. They did it to help collect books for children. Any time that children are exposed to literacy or books, it helps their reading and helps them understand that reading is important.”
The Nu Zeta chapter did not stop with the one project, however. With a core group of only 15 active members, the chapter gave back to the community in a number of ways during the spring. In March, members donated five handmade blankets and $100 to the Tom D. Austin House, a shelter for homeless families in Savannah's downtown area. On the same day, the group also presented food, litter, and toys to the Animal Shelter of Savannah.
“It just shows that a small group can do a lot of good in the community,” Ogletree said. The Armstrong chapter, established in 1971, plans on continuing their long tradition of community involvement in the fall.