Jefferson Students Visiting Southeast Today as Part of Literacy Project

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 20, 2009 – About 60 kindergarten students and 50 fourth grade “buddies” from Jefferson Elementary School will visit Southeast Missouri State University today, April 20, as part of Kappa Delta Pi’s fourth annual Literacy Alive, Reading is Everything! project.

The purpose of this service project is to give the children a “vision” for their future, which can include a college education and to stress the importance of literacy in becoming educated.  At the kindergarten level, Kappa Delta Pi will be introducing them to the concept of what college is and some possible careers they can pursue with a college education. At the fourth grade level, the focus will be on a higher level of understanding of college and career opportunities.

The students will tour the River Campus and main campus in the morning (both the kindergarten students and their fourth grade buddies.), with stops at the River Campus, Kent Library, Academic Hall, Vandiver residence hall, and University Center.  Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins will be greeting the children when they arrive on the main campus.  After lunch, they will be separated into two groups, with the kindergarteners rotating among activity stations on careers such as astronaut, veterinarian, doctor/nurse, farmer, police officer, artist, and chef.  The stations will feature hands-on activities and community guest speakers.  The fourth graders will rotate among activity stations on careers such as conservation, fitness, health care, and criminal justice.  Both groups will also visit the “college library” station where they will select a book to keep.  The books were donated by members of Kappa Delta Pi and Trinity Lutheran School.  The students also will receive Southeast souvenirs, such as pencils, pens and bookmarks.

This is the second year for the kindergarteners to be joined by their fourth grade “buddies” at Southeast. Jefferson Elementary employs the “buddy” system in which the older students serve as mentors and peer tutors for the younger students.

Today’s schedule of events is as follows:

Schedule:9:30 a.m. Tour of Vandiver Hall10 a.m.  Academic Hall10:30 a.m. Kent Library11 a.m.  University Center (meet Rowdy and athletes)Noon  Activity Stations – Organized by Kappa Delta Pi1:45 p.m. Board bus for departure

For more information, contact Sharon Gunn at Southeast Missouri State University at sgunn@semo.edu or Leasa Maxfield at Jefferson Elementary School at  MaxfieldL@cape.k12.mo.us.