U.S. Sen. Tom Carper visited East Millsboro Elementary May 20 to congratulate students who launched the first Alpha Club in Delaware.
The club was chartered in April as an offshoot of the Optimist Club of Sussex County. Its 16 student members in grades three through five are completing a community service project to benefit the area’s homeless population.
Carper spent about an hour with students, talking about the importance of learning foreign languages, finding opportunity in diversity and being kind.
“There are four core values that guide me,” Carper said. “Do what’s right; treat other people the way I’d like to be treated; focus on excellence in everything I do, and if it’s not perfect, make it right; and never give up.”
Students told Carper how they triumphed over adversity, such as when they learned to swim or ride a bike without training wheels. Students said they are enclosing positive messages such as, “Don’t give up” and “If you dream it, you can do it” in necessity bags for homeless people.
Carper closed his visit by reminding students they bring joy to others by being kind.