Kappa Delta Pi Takes Part in Service Project

April 13, 2010

Mount Union College's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society, is taking part in a service project to assist students in Africa.

Dr. Paula Caldwell, assistant professor education and advisor to Kappa Delta Pi, spoke with her niece, Maggie Fleming, over the past summer who does work with a non-governmental organization there.

'When my niece was visiting us in Ohio this summer, I asked what we at Mount Union could do to help her while she is in the Democratic Republic of Congo,' Caldwell said.

Her niece replied that they could help her friend, Elizabeth Buras, who worked for the Peace Corps teaching in South Africa.

'My school barely has chalk, let alone books, and we have no access to newspapers or any non-textbook reading materials,' Buras told Caldwell.

Upon hearing about the needs in South Africa, Caldwell thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for Kappa Delta Pi. Buras wrote that they were in need of classroom materials such as chalk, National Geographic magazines and reading materials.

The group put the word out for donations and was pleased with the response. Boxes of National Geographic magazines, math text books, middle school novels, reference books, social studies books, atlases and maps were collected from the members of the Alliance community, Alliance Middle School, the Mount Union Department of Education, faculty of Mount Union and from a school in Kansas where Caldwell is from.

The shipment to South Africa weighed over 400 pounds. The cost to ship the materials was split between Kappa Delta Pi and the Office of Service Learning. The materials should be received in South Africa in about three months.
Kappa Delta Pi is also having an 'application night' at Alliance High School, on which Mount Union College students will help high school students complete a generic college application. As there are many 'first in family' college students who may need assistance in the process of applying for college, this is a way for Kappa Delta Pi to help those students.

The honor society will also have a 'blanket project' on November 29 where members will go to the middle school to work with those students making fleece tie blankets to be donated to Children's Mercy Medical Center in Akron.

Kappa Delta Pi also has more activities planned for the spring.

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