Gannon University’s KDPs Push For Greater Literacy For Children of Teen Parents

Posted: September 16, 2013

The Erie Reading Council, an affiliate of the International Reading Association, and Gannon University's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society, are holding a fundraising event that will support the Growing Readers project on Sept. 17 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 5909 Peach Street.

The Growing Readers project is part of an effort to educate teen parents about the importance of reading to their children. Members of Kappa Delta Pi have spent the last year going into City of Erie School District high schools and speaking to teenage parents about the importance of early literacy, language development, talking to children, reading to infants and toddlers, and more.  

Members of Kappa Delta Pi were awarded a $5,000 grant from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation to support the project. According to Chelsea Kulak, Gannon's Kappa Delta Pi Chapter President, "This money will go to support the project in the City of Erie high schools. The Barnes & Noble event will help fund our efforts to expand the project into Erie County."

During the event, there will be three stations for children to participate in:  bookmaking, "Toddler Time," and "Storytime." In addition, there will be celebrity readers from Lake Erie Speedway and the Erie Playhouse, including Sebastian (Brennan Staaf) and Ariel (Emily Tworek) from "The Little Mermaid," Stanley (Brandon Hayes) from "Flat Stanley," and Pinkalicious (Sydney Rudd) from "Pinkalicious."

For additional information contact Robin Quick, Ph.D. ( and Chelsea Kulak ( at (814) 871-5399.