First-year YPS teachers get books

DKG’s Beta Beta Chapter members collect 290 in inaugural project

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Beta Beta Chapter member Kandy Myers gives out new books to first-year teachers at Yukon’s Ranchwood Elementary School: From left, Mrs. Ross (first grade), Mrs. Hartzler (second grade), Myers, and Mrs. Romero (kindergarten). (Photo provided)

Beta Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) International, an international women educators’ honor organization, decided to do something different, something special for its annual Christmas celebration.

Rather than exchange books or ornaments with one another, members decided to collect books and give them to first-year teachers in the Yukon school district.

A total of 290 books were collected.

Some 248 books were given to 14 new teachers (Pre-K through fourth grade) of the 2021-22 school year at eight YPS sites.

The other 42 books were reserved for the 2022-23 school year because there were no first-year fifth and sixth grade teachers in Yukon this year.

For the inaugural project, retired YPS teacher Debbie Schimmer, Kandy Myers (Yukon Public Schools), Shelly Hudson (El Reno Public Schools) and Ann Hufnagel (Okarche Public Schools) volunteered to separate the books into categories.

The four women collected the names of first-year teachers, divided the books and prepared them for delivery by putting them into baskets.

They added a personal letter from Beta Beta Chapter President Beth Schieber of Okarche and First Vice-President Shelly Hudson inviting them to join the chapter and a DKG brochure telling them more about the organization.

Each year, books will be given to teachers from schools in chapter member districts, including Yukon, El Reno, Mustang, and Okarche.

DKG is a professional honor organization of key women educators in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Japan.

DKG’s mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

The vision of DKG is to have “Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide.”