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Second Kappa Delta Pi clothing swap scheduled for Dec. 5, poster on inaugural event draws raves at national KDP conference

Following on the heels of a successful 2014 event, UW’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi education honorary plans its second campus clothing swap Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Education Annex.

A wide selection of donated women’s and men’s professional clothing will be available at the event. Faculty fashion advisers will guide student participants toward making the best choices possible as they enter student teaching, job interviews, and other professional occasions. Financial donations to help provide warm winter clothing for students at a local school also will be accepted during the event.

This year’s clothing swap follows the model of KDP’s inaugural project last year, a program that earned kudos during a poster presentation at the honorary’s national convention in October, according to former KDP adviser Terry Burant.

“Students heading off to student teach in early January are challenged at the end of the year to rethink and retool their wardrobes for professional success and confidence,” Burant, an assistant lecturer in the UW Department of Educational Studies says. “However, before the holidays, students might not have the money to fund shopping trips. To assist with this dilemma, our chapter solicited clothing donations throughout the month of November and held a clothing swap the first Saturday of December.  We collected money in the form of donations only and then used the money to provide warm winter clothing to children in need in a local school.”

Brooklynn Cooper, UW KDP chapter president, and Chris Mertz, vice president, joined incoming faculty adviser Erin Harmeyer to Orlando for the presentation.

“Our poster definitely was the only one about a clothing swap,” Cooper says. The conference “was such an awesome experience to network with so many other student and educators. The breakout sessions about early intervention and working with traumatized children gave me a lot of great ideas and support for my student teaching in the spring, and I look forward to sharing what I learned in an upcoming Kappa Delta Pi meeting. It was so powerful to hear the Teachers of the Year present, and I know I will apply a lot of the information in my future classroom. I am so thankful for the opportunity to represent the college, as well as Wyoming.”

Mertz adds, “Throughout the poster session we had a lot of visitors show genuine interest in what we did. On numerous occasions people asked about the process involved in the clothing swap, the reason behind it, and our turnout. We had one group from the University of Montana come up to us and say that they wanted to do a very similar event for their soon-to-be student teachers. They asked us the nitty gritty details of the swap in terms of how many people helped with it, and where and how we got donations! Overall, our poster gained a lot of attention and interest and seemed to be unique in the sea of other posters.”

“The experience of connecting with other KDP counselors who are passionately planning programming for their chapters and communities was invaluable,” Harmeyer, assistant lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies, says. “We came back with a lot of ideas for implementing innovative programs for chapter members and for the Laramie community.”

Those interested in helping with or contributing clothing to this year’s swap may contact event chairs Katya Larson,; Shannon Barlow; or Crystal Seeley

KDP poster

KDP poster
New KDP adviser Erin Harmeyer, chapter president Brooklyn Cooper, and vice president Chris Mertz received strong, positive feedback on the poster they shared at the national Kappa Delta Pi conference in October.

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