Hello Delaware TSA! During our November business meeting, your DETSA State Officers have started planning out the Winter Leadership Lunch for this year.

This Leadership Lunch is for those individuals who are interested in running for a state officer position in April for the 2016-2017 school year. Those in attendance will have the opportunity of working with your state officers on ways to become a better leader for your community and state. There will be multiple workshops where individuals will learn about work plan creation, interview preparation and strategies, and much more!

Invitations had been handed out during the 2015 Fall Leadership Conference, which originally stated the date was January 9th. This date has been changed to Saturday January 23, 2016, at the Collette Education Resource Center in Dover, Delaware. If you are interested in joining this event, talk to your advisor and make sure to RSVP by January 15, 2016 to Katheryn Hartley at khartley@detsa.org as soon as possible to ensure that you have a spot at the Lunch.

Additionally, the 2016 State Officer Applications will be open online very soon! Check the Delaware TSA Website at detsa.org for more updates, news, and resources.


On December 14th, your state officers volunteered at a Toys for Tots sorting event in Dover. The distribution center received thousands of toys and your officers helped out by sorting through these toys and hand-picking them for children in need this holiday season.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children across the nation. December is the season of giving, but some families cannot afford to get their children toys. Toys for Tots aids in the distribution of holiday gifts to children across the country, ensuring that every child receives a present, regardless of financial circumstances.

Over 2,000 families will be given toys that they can give to their children. The event was a success, and it was definitely an enjoyable and rewarding team-building activity. At the same time, it let us help many families and bring joy to many children for the holidays.

There are many volunteer opportunities across the state of Delaware that you and your chapter can participate in. Not only is it a great team bonding experience, but it’s also a way to give back to your community. Toys for Tots will be needing help throughout the week with this distribution of toys. If your chapter is interested, you can contact Katheryn Hartley at khartley@detsa.org for more information on how to get involved.


On December 6th, DETSA State Officers volunteered at a fundraiser event for Toys for Tots and Code Purple. We worked the American Legion assisting the two local charities in raising money.

At this event, many toys were donated for those children whose families cannot afford them. We also raised money through raffle tickets, and 50-50 drawings. By the end of the event, over $9,000 was raised for these two organizations.

We were honored to help out for such a great cause. We would like to give a special thanks to the organizers of the fundraiser for recognizing Delaware TSA at the event. It was truly a memorable experience and we are thankful for being given the opportunity to make a difference in our community.

Happy holidays from the entire Delaware TSA State Officer Team!


The Delaware TSA state officers met in November for the month’s service project. Collaborating with Code Purple, your officers were able to prepare casserole dishes that went to the homeless in Delaware so that we can bring holiday cheer to those in need.

Code Purple is an organization that provides shelter, warm food, and new clothes to the homeless in freezing weather conditions. There are many displaced people in Delaware who don’t have shelter or nutritious food throughout the year, and winter time is the hardest times for them. It is important to take care of these people and make sure that they get a safe place during harsh weather.

This was an awarding time for all of us because it gave us an opportunity to give back to our community. We were able to make 6 trays of casseroles, which were given to the Shepherd’s Place in Dover. We were honored to have helped such a great organization.

If you or your chapter would be interested in volunteering with your state officers, visit the Delaware TSA website at detsa.org for information on future service project events. These events are easy ways to give back to your community, and helping out would be great!


TSA is running the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for the fourth year in a row. Middle school and high school teams have the chance to win mobile devices, $20,000 for their schools, and the opportunity to be recognized at the 2016 national TSA conference in Nashville, TN. TSA chapters are encouraged to enter this STEM competition and it is EASY to do. The competition is based on a winning IDEA using simple mobile application coding. A dedicated team could create a viable submission in as few as four or five hours. Follow these simple steps:

1. Review the Challenge rules and resources at http://verizon.com/appchallenge2015 and gather a team of 5-7 students with a faculty advisor.
2. Look around for problems in your school or community and decide as a group on how your team can create an entirely new solution
3. Research existing mobile apps and develop an innovative and marketable app concept to address the identified need.
4. Create a 3-5 minute video describing your app concept idea and answer 5 essay questions about your team’s research, use of STEM and marketability. Submit the video and essay responses via http://verizon.com/appchallnege2015

Registration closes on November 24, 2014, so it is time to get started. Visit http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/ today for more information.