By Audrey Lintner
|Graphic courtesy of alphadeltakappa.org|
Teachers are in a class by themselves. It sounds like a cliché, but our featured customer proves it to be absolutely true.
Alpha Delta Kappa’s mission statement describes it as “an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism, and world understanding.” The more than 33,000 members of this organization put these ideals to work on behalf of schools and communities around the world.
Their International Teacher Education program, adopted in 1961, has to date provided scholarships and training to more than two hundred students from over forty countries. Project H.O.P.E. (Hope and Opportunity for Peruvian Education) embodies a partnership between ADK and Bridge Builders International to provide a school for the residents of Juanjui, San Martin, Peru.
One of the most astounding accomplishments of Alpha Delta Kappa occurred (and continues to occur) right here in the States. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is noted for being a leader in the field of childhood cancer treatment and research. Since 1981, ADK has contributed over 2.4 million dollars to St. Jude, money that will fund therapies and studies to benefit children all across the globe.
From donations of time and community service to fundraisers such as quilt raffles and book sales, Alpha Delta Kappa members do more than talk the talk of their mission statement; they walk it every day.
Up for discussion: Alpha Delta Kappa–Epsilon Chapter and Little Pickle Press share a longstanding commitment to aid others in need. What are some of the ways that your community practices the tenets outlined in the ADK mission statement?