By KATIE BEVAN
Russell Boulevard Elementary celebrated its new partnership with MU sorority Kappa Alpha Theta at an assembly Tuesday afternoon.
Partners in Education lists their main goals as “to create a climate of involvement and interaction between organizations, businesses, and schools, to provide students opportunities to develop attitudes and skills that enhance their success in the world of work, and to improve achievement for all students” on their website.
“Promoting these high scholarship ideals, providing collegiate women as role models, and offering their unique time and talents at Russell Boulevard Elementary is a direct and tangible means for the women of Kappa Alpha Theta to extend the widest influence of good in our community,” said Alex Prestel, vice president of PR for the sorority.
Kappa Alpha Theta is the first Greek organization to participate in the program. The sorority has been helping in Columbia’s schools for quite a while and started looking for the next step.
“It was a good fit to continue in involvement at a higher level,” said Michelle Baumstark, Columbia Public Schools community relations coordinator, who organizes the partnerships.
Baumstark said it was a long term commitment for the sorority.
“It’s something that the girls seem excited about and really vested in participating in,” she said.