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Delta Zeta donates back-to-school supplies

Image: Teaching fellow and Delta Zeta sorority member, Akilah English, leads the new KDES second grade to their classroom on Back-to-School day, August 20. Each of the students sports a new back pack filled with school supplies courtesy of the Delta Zeta sorority. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Teaching fellow and Delta Zeta sorority member, Akilah English, leads the new KDES second grade to their classroom on Back-to-School day, August 20. Each of the students sports a new back pack filled with school supplies courtesy of the Delta Zeta sorority. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

On the first day of school, every student at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) received a surprise: A backpack stocked with school supplies. This gift was made possible by the Delta Zeta sorority, which has a chapter at Gallaudet University.

The supplies varied by grade, with the younger students receiving string tote bags, pencils, markers, and lined paper and the older students receiving backpacks, spiral notebooks, folders and other materials.

Akilah English, teaching fellow at KDES and a member of Delta Zeta, said, "DZ chapters throughout the country along with the Gallaudet University chapter chose Kendall. We purchased school supplies and backpacks for the KDES students then we had about 30 individual members who got together to assemble the packs in time for Back to School Day."

"This generosity will go a long way in helping our students start the school year prepared and ready to dive into learning," said Susan Schatz, coordinator of instructional support and the current lead on the KDES transitional leadership team. "Our students will benefit from Delta Zeta's gift of preparedness throughout the school year, and we sincerely thank Delta Zeta for their support."

Two members of the Gallaudet University Delta Zeta Chapter, Brandi McGowen and Cathleen McGillick, assisted with the distribution of the back packs and supplies on the KDES Back to School day on August 20.

KDES is one of the two demonstration schools operated by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center and serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade. All students receive a bilingual education in American Sign Language and English, and the 2012-2013 school year marks its 156th academic year.