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Kappa Delta promotes confidence around campus

Need a boost of confidence? Members of Kappa Delta are working to promote it around campus this week of April 18-21.

Every day, members set up a table in the Murkland courtyard where balloons, lemonade and iced tea are handed out. Each balloon and drink cup has a confidence booster written on it in hopes of reminding students of their importance.

“It’s an annual event that we always do in April,” Kappa Delta’s vice president of public relations Karina Smith said. “It’s confidence month for the Confidence Coalition, which is one of our platforms.”

The Confidence Coalition was created in 2009 by the Kappa Delta Sorority to help create “a world of confident girls and women who embrace the belief that they can achieve anything and consistently exceed their own expectations,” according to the coalition’s website.

Smith explained that aside from the main goal of raising confidence among the student body, Kappa Delta is also raising money for their other platform, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA).

“We also have pinwheels for sale for a dollar each,” she said. “The pinwheel is the logo of the PCAA, and all the proceeds go to them.”

One thing that may beat promoting confidence is receiving praise and feedback from peers, and knowing that small acts of kindness make a big difference.

“I’ve posted on our Instagram and people have commented saying things like, ‘thanks so much, the balloons made my day… There is also a confidence banner so people can write what they think about it, or things that make them more confident,” Smiht said.

“It’s used as a little reminder that everyone here should be confident in themselves and in what they do,” said sophomore and Kappa Delta member Erica Santaniello. “We are just trying to make a person’s day.”

Freshman Maggie May stopped by the Confidence Week table to visit her older sister, and left with a smile on her face.

“This has definitely made a positive impact on my day,” she said. “Any efforts people make to make others smile are for a great cause.”

Sophomore Jessica DeMarco passed by the table when she was leaving the library. She grabbed a cup of lemonade that read, “You are so beautiful.”

“It was the smallest thing, but it really made my day. It just goes to show that the little things mean the most,” DeMarco said.

Next year, Kappa Delta plans to celebrate Confidence Week earlier.

“We are trying to switch this event over to the fall,” Smith said. “We’ll be doing the same thing – having lemonade, sweet tea and balloons.”

Thursday, April 21 is the last day that Kappa Delta will be tabling outside of Murkland, so if you are looking for a little confidence boost, be sure to stop by.

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