Sunday, April 28, 2013

Epsilon State Annual Report 2013 Part 4 of 4

13 chapters have developed ways to support Schools for Africa. Below are some of their ideas:

(1) Take donations from members at meetings.

(2) We have allotted money in our budget for support of the project.
(3) Our chapter provides monetary funds for a local high school's Student Council to mail books to an African school. 
Ways chapters are "strengthening the buzz" in the local media.
(1)  Our chapter has meetings and special events highlighted in our local newspaper.  We strive to send articles and pictures of events as they occur.
(2)  Our "Excellence in Education"" awards have been publicized in the local media.
(3) We donate books, including the current DKG award-winning book, to local libraries, including that of McNeese State University, in memory of deceased members of the chapter. We have made sure that the local media are aware of this, and have had photographs appear in the local  newspaper."
(4) We are striving to bring more awareness to our chapter by utilizing the outlet of our local media.  We are working toward submitting some of our chapter's activities to the local newspaper but nothing has been published as of yet.
(5) "Through our chapter newsletters;
(6) Volunteering at Education Day of the Zwolle Fiesta "
(7) We present a check to a new teacher of 100.00 at the school board meeting, there is a write-up in the local newspaper.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Epsilon State Annual Report 2013 Part 3 of 4

34 chapters have projects which support early career educators. Below are some of the ideas:
(1) We give a $100 scholarship to the top UNO graduate in early childhood each year.

(2) We decided to host a "New Teacher Shower" for a young lady now teaching in our parish.  We also have a Christmas auction to raise money for our scholarship fund that is awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to enter the field of teaching.
(3)  "We give new teachers gifts that will help them in classroom.

(4) We provide a meal to RICE students (future teachers) that come to help our school system during their break."

(5)"Our November meeting will focus on early-career educators-education majors at Northwestern State University; learn how our chapter can provide support to these students, then make plans to carry out activities that support these students.

(6) The chapter will also provide ""goodie bags"" for teachers during testing period in the spring. "

(7) We provide a "Grant In Aid" to one or more of the new teachers yearly. New teachers in Bossier Parish are invited to attend a DKG meeting. Those attending and names of new teachers submitted by members are then entered into a drawing. Prior to the drawing the members determine how many grants we will give and for what amounts. This varies yearly as our donations fluctuate. Alpha Rho gave four $50 grants to four new teachers this year. The money is given in the form of a check and the recipient then purchases items for her classroom.
(8) "Our chapter supports first year teachers in our community by  giving a 100 gift to a new teacher. It is to be used to help start off the year with new supplies. "

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Epsilon State Annual Report 2013 Part 2 of 4

30 chapters have projects that support  excellence in education and below are some of the projects within the chapters:
1) Zeta Chapter is providing small "gift packs" to teachers and staff at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport and Keithville Elementary/Middle School in Keithville.  This includes a total of about 280 people.  Our effort is to encourage and show appreciation to educators for their efforts in our profession.
(2) "Top female graduate project recognizes  senior girls with highest GPA in class
Keagan's Center After-School Tutoring Program-donated money, school supplies/snacks
Literacy Project - donated books (Pre-K - 5th grade) to the local Parent Center
Red Apple Award (non-member recipient) & Gold Apple Award (member recipient)
Maude Anderson Grants ($300 each) - presented to two parish female student teachers"
We presented  a gift card to a Teacher of the Year from our Parish.
"Our chapter sponsors a scholarship to a local woman pursuing an educational degree."
(3) Eta uses funds from an annual auction to support two endeavors which promote educational excellence. First, we support Broaden Horizons. This group provides academic tutoring and personal mentoring to at-risk pre-teens and teenagers, with a strong emphasis on African-American males. Next, we support the University of Louisiana at Monroe Child Development Center (ULM-CDC). The director of the ULM-CDC is a member of Eta. The CDC promotes early childhood learning for an ethnically diverse student population and aids in the education of pre-service educators.
(4) "We give $100 Teacher Grants to be used by new teachers to purchase classroom materials. 
(5) We work closely with the New Teacher Induction Coordinator as she provides professional development to new teacher.  In August, our chapter assisted with the New Teacher Orientation  session.  Wearing our red Delta Kappa Gamma shirts, we were introduced to the group, we provided an afternoon snack, gave eight lucky winners an educational supply basket, one lucky winner a $50 Wal-mart gift certificate.  Our sisters offer support to these new teacher by giving them our phone numbers through the coordinator for special assistance throughout the year.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Epsilon State Annual Report 2013 Part 1 of 4

Information below is a snapshot of 2013 Epsilon chapters as reported by chapter presidents. Check out the four-part series published over the next few days.
  • 55 chapters in our state and 50 chapters completed report
  • 45 chapters initiated new members in 2012
  • Chapter presidents participating in the new officer workshop submit comments on the leadership training
(1) Brainstorming activities that would interest members.
(2) Guidelines booklet.
(3) meeting with other new presidents - who felt overwhelmed also.
(4) The nice way that the Calendar of Events is set up so nicely.  Also the phone numbers.
(5)Informative information was given at this workshop in order for me to know the direction I wanted to take our chapter into the next biennium. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Save our Libraries

Red Rose Alert
 from Epsilon State Legislative Committee

Help save our school libraries.  The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has proposed changes to Section 1705 (School Library-Media Programs) of Bulletin 741 - Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators. The proposed changes, if made official, could possibly eliminate school libraries/media centers
in grades K-8 and could diminish the number of professional librarians serving in grades 9-12.

Please take a few minutes to send a quick message to your BESE representative in opposition to the changes to Section 1705 of Bulletin 741 from the Louisiana Library Association:

SER Talent Search

Southeast Regional Conference
Orlando, FL
July 10 - 13, 2013
Gerry Hacker and Nancy Davis are working on filling all of the talent spots for SE Regional. Many of DKG faithful talented members have offered their services. However, they are still looking for some new faces or members that have not performed at the regional in a while.  If you are attending SER in Orlando in July and would like to participate, please send you name and information to Gerry and Nancy (Email below). 
SER Music Co-chairs