Indianapolis Public Schools thrives on strong, committed community partners who work diligently to help boost student achievement and confidence, as well as support our teachers.
We would like to thank Kappa Alpha Psi for its ongoing involvement at Elder Diggs School 42 over the past 20+ years. The fraternity is a fierce advocate for the school, which is named after Elder Watson Diggs, one of the founders of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at Indiana University at Bloomington in 1911.
The volunteers of Kappa Alpha Psi – many of them IPS alumni who are now retired – are fixtures at Elder Diggs. On Tuesdays, four to six volunteers provide reading tutoring and ISTEP prep to approximately 20 students in grades 3-6.
“All of us believe in giving back,” said volunteer Richard Bonds. “Eighty percent of our tutors are retired. They have a genuine interest in reaching out and helping others. It’s part of our fraternity philosophy.”
On Thursdays, they mentor approximately 12 boys and emphasize the importance of character development.
“If you can develop strong character, you will go a long way. I’m a believer that character equals destination,” explained Richard.
During the holiday season, the Kappas partnered with Kroger – located at 71st and Georgetown streets – to sponsor 40 Christmas food baskets, which were given to families during the Cookies with Santa event. They also gave hats, gloves and games to all the children who attended.
Over the past five years, the fraternity and the chapter have donated a playground, computer lab, school sign, uniforms, books and other items. They also host events such as an Honors Breakfast and Kappa Lunch Club.
Thanks to our amazing supporters at Kappa Alpha Psi! We look forward to continuing our partnership well into the future!