Madonna community dances to Zumba, donates books
By Jaclyn Sawasky
Kappa Delta Pi teamed up with MU Fitness and MUNSA Oct. 13 by hosting Zumba night in the Franciscan Center Gathering Space.
In order to participate, each dancer donated a new or gently used children’s book. These books will be given to a local school for children to use.
Maggie Wunderlich and Helen Oziem, the president and vice president of Delta Kappa Pi, set up the Zumba book drive event and participated. Kappa Delta Pi is Madonna’s education honor society. MUNSA is the Madonna University Nursing Student Association.
“We had two goals for this event. One was to collect books that will be donated to kids in the community, and the other is to recruit new members for Kappa Delta Pi,” said Wunderlich.
Last year, the books were donated to Livonia Public Schools, but this year, the school is still undecided.
“We ask people to donate a new or gently used story that they have and don’t use anymore, and now those books can be used for someone else,” said Oziem. “This year we will call to see which schools need the books.”
Roughly, 40 people came out to dance, have fun, and donate to a good cause. Shannon Dusute, an Education major, was one of the participants.
“It was hard choosing which book to donate, but knowing it was going to a another kid to enjoy, while also supporting Kappa Delta Pi, made the decision a lot easier,” said Dusute.
Kappa Delta Pi hosts many events throughout the year to help those majoring in education and to give back to the community. This includes reading workshops for education majors that helps future teachers in the classroom. It also gives teachers and education majors the opportunity to share ideas and strategies.
In early January, the group will host a first-aid night where firefighters will come and teach CPR and safety.
“Getting everyone together and creating awareness for our club Kappa Delta Pi is my favorite part of these events,” said Oziem. “It’s a great way for people to come and bring books to kids who need them. You hear about other events and think ‘Oh yeah, I’ll donate something’, but you forget to donate. This is something that is interactive, and it brings people together, while helping many kids.”