The Beta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) is preparing to hold its 34th annual craft show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Basehor-Linwood High School. ADK is an international honorary organization for women educators and is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. 

More than 90 crafters will be showing their wares in a show that is so large that it must be spread out into three different areas of the high school. The craft fair is the only fundraiser for the chapter. 

Each year, crafters return due to the popularity of the show. The chapter welcomes new crafters. 

The craft show is juried, which means that applicants must submit samples or photos of their work before being accepted as a vendor. This process helps to keep the show at a high level with a wide variety of quality products and handmade items being offered for sale.

“We host the craft show every year to help fund scholarships, including two Basehor-Linwood High School seniors going into education,” said member Rebecca Hill. “It is important to offer scholarships to students because as a teacher organization, we feel it is important to support the next generation of teachers and to offer our support, leadership and mentoring.”

With the cost of higher education going up each year, scholarships are a necessity for most students. ADK is dedicated to ensuring that those doors remain open to students interested in pursuing a teaching career.

Dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding, the group meets monthly and currently has 34 members, including several current and retired educators from USD 458.

The Beta Epsilon chapter uses the proceeds from the craft show to support multiple local scholarships, including two at BLHS. Other charities supported by the organization include the American Heart Association and Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services.  

“We particularly want our scholarships to go to future educators because there is a crucial need,” said Pam Maughmer, craft show chairman. “We need more teachers, and our scholarships are going to encourage them to enter the field.”

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Alpha Kappa Delta has more than 1,200 chapters in all 50 states as well as around the world. Beta Epsilon chapter is 43 years old.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com