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Delphi Excellence Week

Delphi Excellence Week


Contact: Beth Rattray (United Way) 765.457.6691 or Brian Denta (Delphi) 765.451.3749

Kokomo, IN, June 8, 2016/Press Release/ -- Now in its eighth year, Delphi Gives Back, Friday, June 10, kicks off the company’s annual Excellence Week and will provide manpower to the community. Employee teams complete area nonprofit projects of painting, landscaping, repairing, and building – giving back. This year, 253 volunteers will tackle 26 projects at 14 nonprofits. Then Excellence Week starts the following Monday, June 13, with tons of activities and an attention to health and wellness, proceeds going to United Way of Howard County.

STEM Day June 16 10am -2pm
STEM Day is a free event for kids in grades 3 through 6, to spread awareness about STEM programs (Science - Technology - Engineering - Math). The overall vision of STEM Day is to motivate students to STEM careers, to become innovative and creative thinkers, and to pursue careers in this area.

• Fun and hands-on science, technology, engineering and math sessions
• Presentations on writing code to program RC cars, testing virtual reality goggles, building and racing rocket-powered Lego car using Alka Seltzer and water as fuel
• Informative career advice from engineers
• Free light lunch

Morning Warm-Up and Give Back Day 7:30am, June 10
Rise and shine as they kick off Delphi Gives Back with morning warm-up calisthenics lead by Missy’s Fitness. Sunspot Natural Market and the Delphi Cafe will provide healthy tastes to inspire well-being.

“Howard County health rankings need a little improvement and we are on board. This is our way to own this problem and give back. It’s a community responsibility and a community benefit when health improves. The City of Kokomo has built parks and bike/walking paths, which elevate the quality of life in our city. Here at Delphi, we can start with awareness, inviting fitness experts here, and then ideas are shared with friends and family,” said Brian Denta, Delphi Electronics and Safety.

At 8am, teams head out to Delphi’s giveback day - projects at Bona Vista, Food Finders Food Bank, Carver Community Center, Advantage Housing, Excel Center, KHCPL, Mental Health Association, Family Service Association, Kokomo Rescue Mission, Howard County Historical Society, Samaritan Caregivers, The Crossing and United Way.

Scavenger Hunt 11am – 1pm, Monday - Friday
Scavenger Hunt meets The Amazing Race! Clues will require employees to travel around Kokomo to find restaurants, businesses and local institutions. The hunt continues for the entire Excellence Week over the lunch hour to engage their high-tech workforce and summer interns in Howard County gems, so if you see some new faces say hello!

Bike Drive
Delphi’s bike drive provides bicycles to Howard County children. Delphi employees donated gently used bikes and Delphi volunteers will evaluate, clean and make repairs. The bikes will be delivered to Kokomo Urban Outreach, which has established a process for area children and adults to “earn” a bike.

Book Drive
Book drive for Literacy Coalition.
C5 Pre-competition exhibition June 11 at the Markland Mall from 1-3pm
Delphi’s Annual C5 Challenge present building the perfect contraption to inspire young minds in STEM curriculum. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are foundational components of any chain-reaction machine. Now add STEM students’ s youth, humor and artistry to the mix and watch the fun begin!

C5 stands for Creative Countywide Complex Contraption Challenge and happens annually at Delphi, who hosts the event and provides jump-start funds to all schools in the competition. Perfect for students considering engineering, the machine will have a mechanical start and must go through five mechanical steps. Teams consist of at least four full-time students and a faculty advisor with a prize pool of $1000.
The Delphi C5 Challenge is a DIY create your own task event. This year’s task is “explore the signs and sounds of Howard County’s Automotive Heritage.”

Other Events
Excellence Week activities also includes a health walk, bowling tournament, game day, international cuisine competition by employees, Howard County Farmer’s Market, health and wellness education, Community Connection, Meatless Monday, car show, tricycle race, talent show and golf outing, table tennis tournament.
The week wraps up on Friday, June 17, afternoon with Delphi Family Appreciation Day and the Peru Amateur Circus.