In October, we had the amazing opportunity to represent Niagara University at the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Convocation, or #KDPconvo15, in Orlando, Florida. Andrea Nicolia and I initially attended the conference to accept a Literacy Alive! gold award, from more than 150 submitted projects, for Alpha Alpha Beta Chapter at Niagara’s Halloween-themed children’s literacy program, “Spooktacular”, but was also invited to speak at the first ever Literacy Alive! Panel Session.
Niagara’s Family Literacy Center, with partnership from the New York Power Authority, presented Spooktacular as an event that served local children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The focus was to encourage literacy in multiple formats, expose families to the importance of literacy integration, and stress the ease of incorporating literacy into their everyday lives while promoting the value of higher education. This was achieved through participation in a spooky story writing center, a Halloween read-aloud, and arts and crafts stations.
Literacy Alive! is KDP’s signature service initiative that invites its collegiate chapters and professional members to create different programs and events that empower literacy skills in their community. Through the work of all KDP chapter’s Literacy Alive! programs across the country, 44,625 books were collected for distribution and 57,052 people participated in the 2014–2015 award review cycle, alone!
- Check out a summary of all of the Top Projects from the 2014-2015 Review Cycle
- See what you missed from the Literacy Alive! Panel Session at #KDPconvo15
- Get your questions about Literacy Alive! answered on the FAQ page
- Be sure to submit your chapter’s Literacy Alive! Collegiate Achievement Form by May 1st
Jessica Bialkowski (left) is a graduate assistant at Niagara University and currently the vice president of the Alpha Beta Pi chapter. Andrea Nicolia (right) is a graduate student in Niagara’s School Counseling program and currently the president for the Alpha Alpha Beta Chapter.