Caruthersville Children Receive More than 300 Books Thanks to Efforts of Kappa Delta Pi

Photo of Caruthersville staff member and Kappa Delta Pi member Autmn Stevens

A staff member of Caruthersville Elementary (left) with Autumn Stevens, a member of the Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 16, 2007 — The Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at Southeast Missouri State University donated more than 300 books to children in Caruthersville, Mo., in December as part of the chapter’s fall service projects. 

A book drive was held last fall, with the goal of collecting books for children who were victims of the tornado in Caruthersville, said Dr. Julie Ray, assistant professor of elementary, early and special education, and advisor to the chapter. Since so many books — 333 — were collected, however, the books were also given to other children who attend Caruthersville Elementary School.

The books were delivered on Dec. 14 to Claire Tillman, principal of Caruthersville Elementary, by Ashley Johnson, president of Kappa Delta Pi, and Autumn Stevens, a chapter member. Because so many books were collected, the books were given to the children to keep, rather than to their classrooms or their teachers.

Kappa Delta Pi is an honor society dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education.

For more information, contact Dr. Julie Ray, Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education, at (573) 651-2444, or e-mail jaray@semo.edu.

Photo of KDP members and Caruthersville Elementary staff

From left are Ashley Johnson, president of the Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at Southeast Missouri State University; Claire Tillman, principal of Caruthersville Elementary; two staff members of Caruthersville Elementary; and Autumn Stevens, a member of the Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.(View larger image of Caruthesville Staff and KDP members)