Education honor society plans fundraising event

PLAINVIEW – Kappa Delta Pi has long been committed to promoting reading for school children, training for future educators and service to the community. Now, the education honor society at Wayland Baptist University is calling on a tasty event to help their fund their mission for the coming year.

KDP will sponsor “Taste of the South Plains” on Friday, Oct. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in Wayland’s multipurpose room, located in the basement of the Moody Science Building. Ten local food establishments are already committed to the event, including the Wal-Mart Deli, Taqueria Jalisco, El Tropico, Up in Smoke, Cotton Patch, Chili’s, Rockin’ R Steakhouse, La Chaquita Yazmine, Season’s Way, and Catfish Cove. Two from Abernathy – Shady’s Barbecue and Pizza and Andrew’s Restaurant – are also planning to bring their wares to the event.

The food fair will feature booths from each restaurant, with tickets entitling guests to eat from each booth. United Supermarkets is providing bottled water as well. Guests may come and go during the fair hours, sampling dishes from each of the vendors.

“This gives people a chance to try things they might not have before, and gives the smaller businesses some exposure as well,” said Resa Uptergrove, president of the Wayland KDP chapter. “Our goal is to make this an annual event to benefit our association. We use the money for scholarships, leadership training and our ‘Reading is Fun’ week.”

In addition to the food, Uptergrove said the group will be giving away door prizes during the evening, including a free month membership to the YMCA, a Wal-Mart gift certificate and many more. Also, the Red Cross will have a booth where guests may donate to the Hurricane Relief efforts, and donors will get their name put in a special door prize drawing.

To longtime Plainviewans, the event will sound and look familiar. The format is based on a fundraising event formally held by the Junior Service League called Taste of Plainview. The student group got permission from JSL to revive the event for their fundraising efforts and they opted to open the booth space to restaurants outside Plainview as well.

Tickets for the event are $5 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased in advance through KDP members or by calling the education department at Wayland at 291-1045. Tickets are also available at the door. Elevator access will be available for those with disabilities through the Mabee Learning Resources Center.

Kappa Delta Pi sponsors annual events to foster a love for reading in children and members work with local schools to get experience for future careers in education. Dr. Pat Herman, professor of education, is advisor for the group.