Kappa Chapter Gets Vice President’s Grant for Diversity and Community Initiatives! ☆

| November 18, 2010

Kappa Chapter was selected as one of the recipient’s for the VP’s Office of Diversity and Community Grants! Our proposal included funding for our centennial celebration conference and a community restoration of the mural on the PS125/KIPP/Columbia Secondary School building. From the application:

March 8, 2011 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education (KDP). As one of the founding chapters of KDP, Kappa Chapter at TC must mark the date with a celebration. In keeping with the organization’s ideals of Service, Leadership, and Scholarship, the officers of Kappa Chapter have opted to host a one-day conference around the theme, “Leadership through Service.” A call for proposals for 10-15 minute presentations will be sent to the entire TC community, including the 300+ TC graduates who are active members of Kappa Chapter and currently teaching in New York City schools. Attendance is open, and we will offer lunch and other light refreshments.

In order to further embody our goal of service, we will also host a service project at the KIPP/PS125/Columbia Secondary School facility on 123rd Street. Our members have commented on the deteriorating state of that building’s mural, and determined that our chapter should sponsor a mural clean up. Our chapter will work with the art departments of the three schools to plan and design an appropriate replacement, then provide materials and refreshments for a weekend of painting. The event will be open to students and families of the schools as well as interested TC students, faculty, and staff. We will offer tours of TC facilities for interested participants. This service project represents an outgrowth of the centennial conference, and will be a featured element of the celebration. We hope that this project will become an annual occurrence, moving to a different community school each year.

Stay tuned for details on these events and how your involvement can help!