Service Organizations, and Local Businesses Mobilize to Collect over 200 Backpacks filled with School Supplies!
HOUSTON, TX (Tuesday, July 25, 2017)– Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Omicron Tau Omega Chapter, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Xi Eta Lambda Chapter hosted a backpack drive on Thursday, July 20th at a local restaurant, Prospect Park Willowbrook. Over 200 backpacks and supplies were donated. Alpha Kappa Alpha globally-launched initiative “One Million Back Packs” has a goal of collecting 250 backpacks filled with supplies for students in Spring Independent School District.
In the fall of 2016, about 50.4 million students were expected to attend public elementary and secondary schools, and for 2017, the numbers are expected to increase (National Center for Education Statistics). Providing the tools for success is crucial. School supplies are needed to prepare youth and families in the North Houston community for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. A backpack with pens, pencils, paper, glue sticks, highlighters, marble composition books, hand sanitizer, facial tissue, folders, markers, crayons and colored pencils or a minimum donation of $30.00 is requested of each donor. “We are proud to partner with our community and our sponsors to provide youth the necessary school supplies as a means to increase their opportunities for academic success,” says Tanisha Harrell, Program Chairman.
The backpacks will be distributed by members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. on August 5th at a Spring ISD parent meeting/student orientation. Donations are still being accepted. The event sponsors included Hodges Communications Group, Prospect Park, Spectrum Financial Group, J. Raphael’s Photography, and UnXcommon Designer. Community partners were the XLEED Foundation and The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Texas.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women with 1,005 chapters and over 290,000 members in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and the Middle East. For more information, visit http://www.aka1908.com. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Omicron Tau Omega Chapter was founded in Spring, Texas in 1985 to serve the north Houston, Spring, TX community through the implementation of the regional and international programs. For more information, visit http://www.omicrontauomega.com.
The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Texas is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501 (C)(3) organization, dedicated to promoting the empowerment of people, access to education, and to enhancing the lives of our youth through scholarship. More information about the Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation may be obtained online at www.ehlfoundationoftexas.org.