Katie Heath is Northeast Regional Chapter Coordinator at Kappa Delta Pi.
I can honestly say that working with Kappa Delta Pi’s signature service initiative–Literacy Alive!–is a huge reason I love working for KDP. As part of my role as Literacy Alive! Coordinator, I have the privilege of reading the submissions of each Literacy Alive! project completed both by collegiate chapters and by individual KDP practicing educators. I wish all of you could read each project as I have, as they truly are windows into the hearts of KDP members everywhere.
To all of you who supported Literacy Alive! this year, we thank you. Through your efforts in collecting books for those in need, tutoring students one-on-one, introducing elementary students to the prospect of attending college and inspiring them to set goals and dreams, or working to embrace multiculturalism in your community, you all answered the call of need from those in your community.
It is easy to look at all of these service projects and be proud to be part of this prestigious Society, but what struck my heart the most was all of YOU. Your humble, serving attitude is beyond admirable. Over the last year in my role as an RCC, I have heard about numerous service projects not even submitted as Literacy Alive! projects for recognition from the Society simply because this was never the goal in completing the event. Instead of viewing those you serve as fortunate for attending your events, you shared that the KDP members were the fortunate ones for the opportunity to serve.
When we asked what chapter members learned from participating in their chapter’s Literacy Alive! project, many of you answered that this initiative gave chapter members an opportunity to share the ideals of Kappa Delta Pi with those in the community.
It is infinitely rewarding for us to hear that KDP members gained real world experience through serving those around you. It is infinitely rewarding for us to hear that local schools and principals initially asked you to come into their schools or are asking for you to return next year, simply due to the wonderful example that you have set as part of your KDP chapter. It is infinitely rewarding to see the legacy that you are leaving on your community and local chapter. And it is infinitely rewarding for us to work to support all of you each and every day as you continue to serve.