LITERACY ALIVE!

Congratulations to the following prospective and current members that are working with the Literacy Alive Committee!


Chair(s): 


  • Ashley Michel
  • Lauren Weigold
  • Rashida Wisdom
  • Allison Blechman


Literacy Alive! 

          Literacy continues to be a top priority worldwide. Literacy Alive! is Kappa Delta Pi’s signature service initiative wherein members create programs and events in their communities that bring empowering literacy skills to their participants. For about ten years, 40,000 members in chapters all over the world have participated in this community service. The Kappa Eta Chapter is no exception.

          Each year Kappa Eta works with hundreds of students in New York City elementary schools for Literacy Alive! In the past, we have brought our fun literacy lessons through out all five boroughs. This year, we decided to stay local and work with the Abigail Adams School. We always have a theme. Since we were working in Queens this year, one of the most diverse places in the world, we thought it would be appropriate to focus on embracing the beauty of multiculturalism.

          Volunteers for the day’s event included members of the Kappa Eta Chapter, St. John’s University School of Education students, and members of various different organizations. We encourage everyone to participate in Literacy Alive! Upon arrival to the school, we were greeted with warm welcomes from the assistant principal and the teachers. The warm smiles from the students in kindergarten through fourth grade motivated us to do the best that we could delivering them our fun literacy lesson.

          Before starting anything, we asked each and every student to tell us their name and where they were from. We gave them each a chance to shine and show us, as well as their classmates, why they were special. We began the lesson with intriguing the students through poems written in various languages, which some of them could actually relate to. For the students in the higher grades, we brought them a small lesson on haikus. We then asked them to make a paper doll in resemblance of themselves and create their own haiku. Through the smiles on their faces and with how well they were doing, it was evident that they enjoyed the activity.

          To end our visit, the volunteers thanked all the students and the teachers for allowing us to be guests in their classrooms and cooperating so well with us. As a token of our appreciation, the Kappa Eta Chapter donated several books to each class. This community service is one that Kappa Eta looks forward to each and every year.

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