The Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, in conjunction with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Philadelphia Alumnae Association, have been steadfast supporters of CCSA since our first day of school in 2012.
The relationship started with CCSA’S founding principal, Anna Hadgis, who is an active member of both St Luke Greek Orthodox Church and the Kappa Alumnae Association. Anna has always been a strong advocate for our school, as well as the broader Chester community, and is always looking for ways to give back.
The St Luke Philoptochos has responded to the needs of CCSA students and their families by donating funds for the purchase of much needed books and supplies for kindergarten through third grade students. Last year, Philoptochos decided to ‘adopt’ our two kindergarten classes and donate books each year as they progress through their schooling, all the way to their graduation in 2032.
In addition to the book donations, the ladies of St Luke have contributed to the establishment of a much-needed Food Bank at the Chester Charter Scholars Academy. Their tireless efforts have provided the school community with an abundance of healthy food staples and have even inspired other community organizations to aid in stocking the pantry – Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association being one of them.
Both active Kappas and alum have not only joined to support the Food Bank, but also to support literacy and numeracy through small group and individual connections. Before the pandemic brought the program to a temporary halt, the Kappas came to CCSA every week to read with our youngest students as part of our Reading Beach Club program. For the sixth year running, members of the Alumnae Association will be participating in a “read along” via Zoom and gifting books to elementary students for their personal home libraries later this spring.
When speaking about the relationship between the Alumnae Association, St Luke Church, and CCSA, Anna stated “we want our connection to be sustainable through mutual, long range goals. We adore the children and want the best for them and their families.”
St Luke is hosting an online fundraiser to raise money to support local organizations, including CCSA. If you are interested in participating, click here to view all the details.