|The Grand Polemarch's Back to School Message|
Once again it’s time for our children to go back to school across America. It’s time for educators to resume their very important tasks of molding the lives of students from pre-K to higher education. It’s time for brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, who have chosen to achieve In the field of education, to continue to make a difference in the communities they serve, as you go back into the classrooms, transforming “diamonds in the rough” to jewels honed to perfection.
Our children are growing up in a global environment where challenges loom on every front. They are witnessing turmoil throughout the world and increasing discord in the neighborhoods where they live. It becomes the unintended role of educators, to help parents and community activists to effect social change that will be positive for our youth.
Brothers, it’s not enough for us to simply wish our educators well, but it’s up to us to continue being leaders in the community, mentoring young people, visiting schools and helping wherever needed. We are achievers! We are leaders! Our children are depending on us to do “what Kappas do” and have been doing for more than 106 years.
In 2011 as part of our Centennial Celebration we visited and contributed to the Elder Watson Diggs Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana. The staff was ecstatic with the interest and effort put forth by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The students had an experience that they will remember the rest of their lives. It remains our responsibility to follow the vision and passion of our Founder, Elder Watson Diggs, who was an educator who had big dreams and followed them.
I urge every chapter to incorporate in your programs, increased outreach and participation in the schools in your area. Reach out to the school officials and let them know that Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is dedicated to achievement and the uplifting of our youth. Let them know that we are willing to be partners in their schools, reaching down to lift students up. Achievement is not simply a destination for us as individuals, but a place where we’ve helped others have upward mobility.
Schools will need resources that Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity can provide, motivate brothers in your chapter to make success an imperative for everyone.
In 2015, during the 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting, Kappa provided computers and STEM software to three New Orleans area schools, St. Augustine High, Edna Karr High School and Morris F.X. Jeff Elementary Community School. They are sharing more than $60,000 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education resources and services. Let’s do projects like this everywhere we can and continue to lead in every field of human endeavor.