GSC senior Katie Murray displays
basket for Kappa Delta Pi raffle

Submitted by Bob Edwards
Public Relations Dept. Assistant
Glenville State College

Glenville, WV - Kappa Delta Phi is an international Honor Society in Education that is committed to recognize excellence and foster mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for Education professionals. The organization is for students who have been accepted into the Glenville State College Education department and carry at least a 3.0 grade point average. Membership is by invitation only. Currently there are about forty GSC students in Kappa Delta Pi.

Service to Glenville State College and the community is a main concern of the society. Members are required to participate in at least two service projects per year.

Several Saturdays each year, KDP members visit the Gilmer county library for a day of reading, crafts, and snacks with local children. Between eighteen and twenty-four kids usually participate. "It is a great opportunity to mentor young students and show them that education can be fun," said Katie Murray, president of the GSC chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. Murray is a senior at GSC majoring in early childhood, Elementary and Special Education. The Ripley, West Virginia native will be doing her student teaching in the spring of 2008.

Murray will be the 2007 Black Walnut Festival Queen and is a candidate for GSC Homecoming Queen.

In addition to the library fun days, KDP also undertakes other service projects each year. The organization sells books through Scholastic Books and uses their profits to donate books to libraries. Last year's book sale profits were used to buy books for graduating education seniors to help start personal libraries. This year, KDP is also raising funds to refurbish the playground at College Park in Glenville. Painting, landscaping, and a new seesaw are some of the ideas for the beautification of the playground.

Kappa Delta Pi is having a fall basket raffle to help raise money for their service projects. The basket includes foods, toys, a blanket, crayons, activity book, decorations and more. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can be purchased from any KDP member or from group advisor Dr. Marcia Bolton in room 248 in Louis Bennett Hall. The drawing will be held at halftime of the GSC Homecoming football game on October 13.

For more information about the basket raffle or the Kappa Delta Pi honor society, contact Dr. Marcia Bolton at 462-7361 extension 7204.