Jenna Alt is the co-president of Pi Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at UW-Stevens Point.
Pi Epsilon Chapter is in the process of transitioning new inductees into officer positions. We all wanted to get to know each other a little better, so we decided to decorate Christmas cookies for the School of Education staff and for a local housing facility here in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
On the evening of December 10, the chapter decorated 19 dozen Christmas cookies. We put the decorated cookies in small serving bags and delivered about 50 cookies to the School of Education staff. The rest we took to the Stevens Point Housing Authority for residents of the facility to enjoy.
Many of the residents have a hard time getting around, so when we arrived, only about 10 of the 75 residents were in the lobby. One of the residents offered to take us around to all seven floors so that we could personally deliver the cookies to those who could not come down. We rang the doorbells of each and every door in that facility, and when they opened their doors, we told them we were an honor society and that all of us were going to be future teachers. They were all so appreciative and grateful. The smiles on their faces were absolutely priceless!
At the end of the night, we ended up in the lobby again, and one of the elderly women started talking with us. She asked what “fraternity” we were with and we explained that we were actually part of an honor society for future teachers. Her eyes got big and she told us she was no “future teacher,” but was a “past teacher!” She had taught for 65 years and had many stories to share with us. We sat around listening to stories of how teaching has changed from her day in age to now ours. Her biggest piece of advice to us: Have fun!
What an amazing, feel-good event! It was something so very simple and I know I can speak for all the chapter members who helped when I say that last night will not be forgotten any time soon.