NIAGARA FALLS – More than 80 sets of winter clothing have been collected and donated to the Harry F. Abate Elementary School by members of Niagara University’s Alpha Alpha Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.
Dr. R. Michael Smith, associate professor of education and chapter counselor, holds one of his classes at Abate, which is in the Niagara Falls City School District.
His students were responding to a very real need in the City of Niagara Falls. According to a 2013 report from the John R. Oishei Foundation, 44 percent of Niagara Falls’ population is either living in poverty or struggling financially and at the risk of falling below the poverty line.
Most of the items were collected during the Nov. 10 induction of new Alpha Alpha Beta members. Collection bin were also stationed throughout the Niagara University campus.
The Kappa Delta Pi chapter was established at Niagara University in 2000. Any graduate or doctoral student with a grade point average of at least 3.85 who has completed 12 credit hours is invited to apply for induction. Kappa Delta Pi elects outstanding students in the teaching and allied professions and encourages achievement and contributions to education.