The month of October was proclaimed Alpha Delta Kappa month by Thomson Mayor Bob Knox, Jr. to recognize women educators and their efforts beyond the classroom. Members of Georgia Sigma Alpha Delta Kappa will participate in various activities in observance of their month. Items will be donated to SAFE Homes in Augusta, and state and regional leaders of Alpha Delta Kappa will be recognized. A maple tree, donated by Dudley Nurseries, will be planted at Norris Elementary School.
Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. Alpha Delta Kappa was founded in 1947 in Kansas City, Mo., and the first chapter in Georgia was organized in 1954. Georgia Sigma in Thomson, the 18th chapter in Georgia, was chartered on May 25, 1957, and members celebrated their golden anniversary last May. Nine of the 4o members have been active members for 25 years or more.
Georgia Sigma members participate in many altruistic projects. Sigma sisters have made pillows for breast cancer patients, provided tote bags with school supplies for teachers who were victims of Hurricane Katrina, contributed money and supplies to a local family whose home burned, filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and stockings for the Salvation Army, donated Jared boxes to the McDuffie Regional Medical Center, placed books in McDuffie County doctors' offices and donated items to the Ronald McDonald House in Augusta.
In addition, Georgia Sigma Alpha Delta Kappa awarded two scholarships in 2007 to a Thomson High School graduate and a Briarwood Academy graduate who are currently pursuing a teaching career.