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Kappa Delta Pi is one of the largest and most prestigious international honor societies for scholars in the education field. Alpha Phi, which is Auburn University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, has an 84-year history on Auburn’s campus, honoring and promoting excellence in education.

This year, Alpha Phi was selected for a Membership Chapter Program Award. Of the more than 600 Kappa Delta Pi chapters nationwide, Alpha Phi was one of just six award winners.

The chapter counselors are Megan Burton and Vicky Cardullo, faculty members in the elementary education program in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. The officers for the chapter are Chelsea Stone, Anna Piper, Garrett McCoy, Jordan Payne, Fannon Curtis, Samantha Davis and Erin Long.

This award speaks to the high level of productive activity of the organization. In just one year the chapter’s active membership has grown tremendously. Currently there are 53 active members who have maintained a 95 percent activity rate. Kappa Delta Pi and the Plains Reading Council have worked together to develop literacy activities in the community. This year they worked with the Pine Hills Literacy Association to create a literacy fair. Members of the two groups met for several weeks and read with students in grades K-5. Then members helped students create a literacy board for the fair.

In addition, the organization hosted several activities throughout the year including a school supply drive; a panel presentation with local principals Karen Snyder of Cary Woods Elementary School and Debbie Brooks of Pick Elementary School; and a question-and-answer session with Dean Betty Lou Whitford of Auburn’s College of Education.

Chelsea Stone, chapter president, took the lead in the application for the award and organizing the activities of the chapter.