February 2017 Member of the Month

Congratulations to our February Member of the Month, Courtney Richards!

Courtney is a Senior at MSU studying Elementary Education with a Language Arts concentration and a minor in TESOL. Her favorite KDP events have been the Riverboat Social and tutoring at ELPL.

When asked what she has gained from being a member of KDP, Courtney said, “Being a KDP member has allowed me to be able to see and experience educational opportunities in the communities around East Lansing to strengthen my knowledge of what it takes to be a good future educator. Through our events, professional development activities and other offerings we have been able to get a sense of what is going on in the education world”.

Congratulations again, Courtney, and thank you for your time and participation in KDP! To see past members of the month or to nominate someone for member of the month, please see the Member of the Month tab.



Literacy Alive!

Our biggest service event of the year, Literacy Alive!, is fast approaching and we still need volunteers! The event is on Wednesday, February 22nd from 12:45-3:15 at Forest View School and you will receive 3 service points for attending. If you have class, a note can be provided by Kristy for proof of commitment after you have talked to your professor. This note does not officially excuse you from class, but will let your professors know that you are volunteering at an official College of Education service event.

This is a huge event that is not only a lot of fun, but is great classroom experience! We will be working with grades K-3rd, including students in special education, to promote literacy as a fun experience. This year’s theme is being green. There will be a recycling relay, read alouds, and decorating their very own planter made out of recyclable materials!

Please sign up for this wonderful event by Saturday, February 18th so I can assign a group of members to each of the classrooms! Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xMXhacCvNpbvfu-F_9MMlVUAc88P04b18LvANVsOzoE/edit#gid=0.

There is also a prep night for the event on Saturday, February 19th from 7:00-8:30pm. We will be prepping materials, going over the schedule, and becoming familiar with the read aloud books. If you are planning on attending Literacy Alive!, it is highly recommended that you attend the prep night. If for some reason you are not able to, I will get the information to you another way. Sign up for prep night here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17vowzwVvqKTBnBNZz338WYqpVa0lDKI5Qxf56vduhVI/edit#gid=0.

Pizza House Fundraiser

Happy Monday, KDP! Come to Pizza House tonight for some yummy food! Be sure to present the flyer below to your server and a portion of your bill will be donated toward KDP! 1 Fundraising point for attending and 1 Promotional point for posting on social media! Bring all of your friends!


January Member of the Month

Congratulations to our January Member of the Month, Brianna Ahrens!

Brianna is a Senior at MSU studying Elementary Education with a Language Arts concentration. Her favorite KDP has been volunteering at the East Lansing Public Library’s Homework Help Room because she loves “meeting new kids, and working with the same ones each week. It’s also a way for [her] to brush up on some of the skills [she hasn’t] used in a while.”

Brianna said that KDP has helped teach her “how to be a bigger part of [her] community, and new communication skills that will help make [her] a better educator.”

Congratulations again, Brianna, and thank you for your time and participation in KDP! To see past members of the month or to nominate someone for member of the month, please see the Member of the Month tab.


Expo Presenter Applications due January 31 at 5pm!

If you know an awesome educator who would be interested in giving a presentation at Expo in March, please fill out this brief application. Please note that this is just an application, and presenters will be contacted closer to the date with a determination of whether or not they have been selected to give their presentation. These applications are due by January 31, 2017 at 5pm!