As John T. Hartman Elementary teachers were called, two-by-two, they walked into the small conference room and were greeted by two smiling faces, red roses and fortune cookies. The Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG) surprised Hartman teachers on Feb. 27 with gifts and heart-felt well wishes.
DKG visited Hartman as part of its regular service project to give back to the Kansas City community. Now in its 65th year, the Chi Chapter has supported other community projects including Rose Brooks and the Shoe Fund over the years. This year, they decided to go to the heart of education to celebrate public school teachers.
“May you be blessed with good fortune this school year,” DKG Treasurer Sherry Schreiber said as she handed a red envelope with two hands to a receiving teacher. “We want to salute you teachers, the important champions for all you do to change the lives of the children you teach.”
The service project celebrated the teachers in the theme of the Chinese New Year. Giving a monetary gift with two hands is a symbol of giving freely and asking the receiver to spend freely. The ornate red envelopes contained a $50 gift card to US Toy, a popular store with crafts and materials for teachers.
“This gift is given for teachers to spend as they best see fit, to outfit their rooms however it’s needed, no strings attached,” Schreiber said.
Schreiber along with Chi Chapter Vice-President Carmen Wilson and President Jane Ann McGuire are all retired KCPS teachers. Each taught around the district, Schreiber and Wilson both worked with Hartman Principal Dr. Jessie Kirksey. Dr. Kirksey is also an active member of the Chi Chapter of DKG.
DKG is an international society of women educators whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
“Being a part of the society offers an opportunity to be a mentor,” Dr. Kirksey said. “This project allows our organization to celebrate these teachers and their passion for Kansas City’s children.”
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