The Sigma Omega Chapter of West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education hosted “Integrating the Arts” on March 23 at the Boys & Girls Club. The project was part of the students’ national community service initiative, “Literacy Alive!”
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) members planned a day that integrated the arts with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas based on the work of Faith Ringgold and Gwendolyn Brooks. During the day, students participated in hands-on activities led by KDP members. Workshops focused on tessellations, art history, quilt making, poetry and puppetry. Technology was integrated through the use of Google Earth and iPads. Students took a virtual tour of New York City, which was the setting of the book “Tar Beach” by Faith Ringgold.
Our Community’s Foundation, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, supported this project with its resources from the Ruth M. Tepley Memorial Fund and a Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation grant.
“The Our Community’s Foundation grant that we received has really been a wonderful experience for several people this semester,” said Dr. Melissa Spivy, WVU Parkersburg assistant professor of education and KDP advisor. “First we had a professional development day in early March. Then, the students used that information to teach the children at the Boys & Girls Club. Now our pre-service teachers and cooperating teachers are teaching the same information out in the schools. The humanities, education and math faculty all worked together to put together the professional development day in March. It’s just all worked out very nicely.”
Literacy Alive! was named a finalist in the 2010 Tom’s of Maine 50 States for Good Campaign, which will fund projects like this and others across the continent. Through “Literacy Alive!” more than 24,000 children and their families become involved in a wide range of literacy skills-building programs that encourage lifelong learning. This initiative is supported by the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation and the membership of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. More information about these organizations is available at www.kdp.org.