Education Honor Society Offers Literacy Activities for Franklin Elementary School Program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 8, 2005 – The Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for education majors at Southeast Missouri State University, offered literacy activities this week for children at Franklin Elementary School as part of a “Reading is Fun” service project.

Eight members of the chapter worked with students in Franklin’s Tiger Initiative Program, an after-school program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. The members read books with the children and lead activities, such as creative drama, puppets, art projects, and making their own books.

The University students also set up a “book store,” where the children were invited to choose one free book to take home with them. Kappa Delta Pi gave away about 56 children’s books, said Dr. Julie Ray, assistant professor of elementary, early and special education at Southeast.

“These books had been donated by Kappa Delta Pi members as a part of our year-long book drive,” she said.Kappa Delta Pi plans to donate the remainder of the books from their book drive, about 150 more children’s books, to the Community Back to School Fair being planned for this summer by the Salvation Army and other community organizations, Ray said.