Chi Psi Omega Chapter partners for MLK Day of Service Impact
partners for MLK Day of Service Impact
Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. defined “Service Impact Day”, Dr. King’s birthday celebration on Jan. 19, 2015, 150 plus participated, “A Day On, Not a Day Off”. The chapter received a $3,000 MLK Day of Service grant; through its charitable arm, A Plus Foundation, Inc., facilitated by Broward College, North Campus.
Oriole Elementary School in Lauderdale Lakes was selected for a Peace Garden due to an interest for students. Home De-pot-Oakland Park Store joined the teams to ensure the garden.
A ribbon cutting ceremony began at 11:30 a.m. Mayor Barrington Russell, Vice-Mayor Beverly Williams, Commissioners Edwina S. Coleman and Patricia Williams of Lauderdale Lakes provided greetings. Sandra Davey, Educational Advisory Chairman, accompanied the commissioners. Dr. Avis Proctor, president, Broward College North Campus, participated, along with staff members. The college provided registered participants with a T-shirt, continental breakfast and a nutritious lunch.
With advanced preparation from Nadine Rose, general manager, Home Depot Oakland Park Store; Supervisors Eula Davis, Phyllis Bryant, Timothy Brown, Jonathan Levitt, Samantha Cyril, and Letitia Platt, manager of Human Resources, the remainder of the day was according to specification. Michelle Moore, Muralist, also participated.
Vicki B. Flournoy, school principal, accepted the partnerships for facilitation of the garden. Dr. Ingrid Osgood, assistant principal, welcomed and thanked participants.
Many thanks, to the volunteers and students for making this event successful. Students placed their hands in bright paints for prints in the sidewalk.
Forty-five chapter members participated and wrote their names in the hand prints: Veronica E. Phillips, president; Luwando Wright-Hines, Yulanda C. Ellis, Alana DaSent, Olivia Hilton, Cassandra L. Evans, Venetta McCullough, Andrea Bailey-Dowling, Miriam Cato, LaKeitha Baugh, Juline Blanfort, Ernestine H. Bobb, Kassandra L. Burton, Patricia Ciceron, Sherita Change, Trivel Cooper-McKire, Chantal Cou-tain, Gracia Curlee-Gordon, Ashante Davis, Patricia Davis-Twitty, Kimberly L. Dupont, Paula Edwards, Tahnese Flournoy, Tamara Freeman-Battle, Sophonie Gaspard, Miriam U. Gayle, Michelle P. Green, Adrea C. Hightower, Karena Ivey, Candace M. Kennedy, Joel D. McCray, Tscharner Miller-Strapp, Carla Navarro, Josetta Patterson, Tiffanie A. Pauline-Roseau, Manassa Petithomme Kelly, Avis Proctor, Nina Rickett-McWhorter, Lisa Smith, Barbara J. Thomas, Dione Tra-wick, Kimberly Williams, Malikh Franklin Williams, Che-riane Zephy. Two participating visiting sorority members were Antoinette “Toni” Pauline and Faya Forbe.
Through collaboration, Broward College North Campus, Home Depot of Oakland Park, Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Oriole Elementary School, teachers may take their classes to a garden equipped with Mobile Library/Reading Cart, mural surrounded by peace quotes from famous persons, peace pole in eight languages (“May Peace Prevail on Earth“), new seating area, wind chimes, decorative walk-way and a commemorative monument.
Presentations of plaques for appreciation were given to Home Depot, Broward College North Campus and Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., by Dr. Ingrid Osgood. Presentations were also given to Broward College North Campus and Home Depot-Oakland Park by the Chi Psi Omega Chapter, President Phillips.
Three hundred plus service hours were logged by participants and evaluations’ results evidenced the collaboration defined “service impact day”.