Alpha Beta Chapter recognizes educators

Linda McElroy presents Grant-in-Aid to Samantha Fickes.

The Alpha Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society held a dinner meeting March 25 at Slick’s Ivy Stone in Osterburg.

President Becky Johnen opened the meeting with a meditation on how teachers make a difference.

That idea became the theme of the evening as the society recognized an outstanding teacher from the area.

Second Vice President Laurie Criswell honored Amy Snyder, an English teacher at Tussey Mountain High School, Saxton.

The chapter also honored a future teacher. Linda McElroy presented the Grant-in-Aid Award to Samantha Fickes, a senior majoring in education at Shippensburg University. Samantha, a graduate of Claysburg-Kimmel High School, is the daughter of Shawn and Kara Fickes.

Laurie Criswell presents the Outstanding Teacher Award to Amy Snyder.

First Vice Presidents Candace Claar and Melissa Flynn asked the members to offer advice to Samantha as she launches her teaching career.

Members who participated in the Fellowship Connection activities received certificates for the support they showed to members active in education during this very difficult school year.

Referred to as “Secret Angels,” these members sent cards of encouragement to help their Alpha Beta sisters through the pandemic.

Ongoing projects include making blankets for local organizations as well as financial support of the Jubilani School in Africa.

Members also donated items for backpack programs at local schools.

The next meeting is planned for May 22 with Alpha Delta of



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