Gannon University Honors Society Wins Award

Posted: September 11, 2014

Gannon University's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, was honored as one of four recipients of the Community Service Chapter Program Award given this year.

The award recognizes chapters for demonstrating excellence in programming by completing at least one outstanding community service program that was unique, able to benefit a significant number of people and met or exceeded its goals.

The project, called Growing Readers, was created by Gannon's Phi Zeta chapter to educate teen parents about the importance of reading to their children. Chapter members speak to teenage parents in City of Erie School District high schools about the importance of early literacy, language development, talking to children, reading to infants and toddlers, and more.

Gannon University's chapter will be formally recognized at Kappa Delta Pi's Convocation 2015 in Orlando, Fla. in October.

Kappa Delta Pi was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The honor society has more than 40,000 members in 600 chapters worldwide.

Gannon Assistant Professor Robin L. Quick, Ph.D., who directed the Growing Readers program, said, "We are pleased to receive this recognition from the Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society. The members of the Phi Zeta Chapter are very proud that the Growing Readers program was recognized as an effective and beneficial community service project. This award celebrates the hard work Phi Zeta members have put into developing a program that truly benefits the children in our local community."