Education Students Bring Literacy to Life for Newell Elementary Schoolers

Teresa Petty Literacy Alive
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More than 150 students from Newell Elementary traveled to the UNC Charlotte campus earlier this month to participate in Literacy Alive, an immersive day of activities focused on reading.

The Literacy Alive Read-In is an annual event in the spring where elementary students from partnering schools in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are invited to campus to be “49er for a day.” The campus visit is hosted by the UNC Charlotte Omicron Pi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.

The goal of the visit is to give elementary students a glimpse of campus life and to begin thinking about how college can help them with their educational and life goals. To help hone the academic message and begin to think about college, the students: 

  • Participate in a campus tour;
  • Learn about science, technology, engineering, and math through an interactive activity led by the  Center for STEM Education;
  • Join a question and answer session about campus life led by students from different majors and colleges; and
  • Participate in an interactive read-aloud of the book Dream led by volunteers.

Literacy Alive is Kappa Delta Pi’s signature service initiative in which chapters and individual members are encouraged to participate by hosting events and programs that bring empowering literacy skills to their participants. For the past nine years, the Omicron Pi Chapter has participated in this service initiative by hosting a Read-In where a local elementary school visits campus for a daylong event. The ability to read is an essential skill that impacts everyone and we are committed to building strong community partnerships to support reading.

 “I am very proud of the service our chapter members have provided through the Read-In as well as the sustained community partnerships they have established and supported over the nine years we have conducted this project,” said Dr. Misty Hathcock, counselor to the Omicron Pi chapter. “I would like to commend and thank this year’s Literacy Alive Coordinator, Omicron Pi Chapter Service Chair and SNCAE President, My’Asia Jaaber for a job well done. My sincere appreciation also goes out to Heather Klinger, Literacy Facilitator at Newell Elementary School in CMS, who served as our school partner in this year’s event.”

The Omicron Pi Chapter’s annual Read-In project has been recognized as a Literacy Alive Top Project award recipient receiving Gold (2015, 2016), Silver (2014, 2017), and Bronze (2013) awards at Convocation for the past five years.

Co-sponsors for the event include: Students North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE), Teacher Education Learning Community, Center for STEM Education, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Faculty members from the Cato College of Education also participate in the event.