The Greater Hartford Alumni Association has been making waves throughout the Connecticut inner-city school systems. The organization’s “Operation Build a Library” was launched this past November and so far the group has gathered over 180 children’s books along with markers, pens, pencils, notebooks, erasers and crayons and has made donations to four different classrooms. Just this past December 2011 the GHAA delivered another package of books, markers, pens, pencils and folders to a 6thgrade classroom at the Burns Academy of Latino Studies in Hartford, Connecticut including the school’s “Positive Behavior Incentive System”. The PBIS program is open to the entire student population and every week, students who have been on their best behavior, are entered into a raffle by their teacher in order to receive a book of their choosing and keep to take home.
In addition to the books gathered by the GHAA, handmade book marks which were created by Active Members during the 2011 Alpha/Rho Province Meeting were also handed out to the deserving students. “It felt so gratifying to not only help my mother who has been an educator in the inner city school system from over 30 years, but to also link Kappa Alumni efforts with Active members’ efforts and encourage these students to keep on learning.” Lea GHAA Philanthropy Chair continues, “ We still have over 200 books ready to be donated and divided up amongst more schools in the area. We have had such an amazing turn out and we really see “Operation Build a Library” becoming a major philanthropy for our association”.