Chi Psi Omega Chapter of AKA members, partnered with the mayor and vice-mayor of North Lauderdale along with ASCEND students(Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Signature Program for Grades 9 through 12), seven community and three youth volunteers to enhance cosmetically and aesthetically three playgrounds at North Lauderdale Elementary School, 7500 Kimberly Boulevard North Lauderdale, for MLK Day of Service; January 16th, an Impact Day. MLK Day of Service is “A Day On, Not A Day Off”, requiring the service of local members. Moreover, the impact day is one of six service impact days set aside by Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, International President (2014-2018), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, under a comprehensive program, “Launching New Dimensions of Service”. The international program committee facilitates the international president’s program of service to local chapters; by way of monitoring, gathering data, evaluation and a feedback process. Another component of Dr. Wilson’s Programs is “AKA 1908 Playground Project”, renewing and refreshing safe and inviting playgrounds under the auspices of Target IV: Environmental Ownership.
Through partnering to enhance and uplift the three playgrounds, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the local chapter received credit in two ways; MLK Day of Service, an impact service day, “A Day On, Not A Day Off”, and “AKA 1908 Playground Project”, renewing and refreshing.
Playgrounds are chosen by Chi Psi Omega Chapter members in conjunction with their longstanding partners based on location and selected criteria. North Lauderdale Elementary School, a diverse population of approximately 700 students receiving Title I Services, was selected.
The chapter, ASCEND students, North Lauderdale City leadership and community volunteers are indebted to North Lauderdale Elementary Principal, Ms. Latosha Williams and staff for graciously consenting to make this worthwhile project, a reality.
Approximately forty (40) chapter members participated for the success of the service project. Chapter members making the MLK Day of Service, an impact day, a success included Venetta McCullough, President; Kandia Batchelor, Juline Blanfort, Ernestine H. Bobb, Lisa Brown, Nicole Burrell, Tabitha Bush, Miriam Cato, La’Chavious Clark, Sabrina Colston-Leslie, ,Alana DaSent, Quowanda Ford-Brown, Franchesca Fontus, Jerelene S. Franklin, Revertha W. Grace, Sandy Isaac, Catrice Lee-Brown, Francesse Lucius, Joel Daniell McCray, Trivel C. McKire, Christina McNair, Nina McWhorter, Angela Morrison, Amelie Oshikoya, Josetta B. Patterson, Manassa Petithomme-Kelly, Veronica E. Phillips, Kenyeta Pino, Samantha Preston, Avis Proctor, Heidi Richards, Antionece Robinson, Louellen Stallings, Tscharner “Tish” Strapp, Barbara J. Thomas, Joyce Toran, Malikh F. Williams, Luwanda Wright-Hines. ASCEND members included Shaye DaSent and Kamea Humes. Partners included Jack Brady, Mayor of North Lauderdale and Lorenzo Woods, Vice-Mayor. Community Volunteers included Armanda Desir, Daphkar Dubreuil, Nashyka Jospitre, Franchesca Meyers, Lakysha Safford, Josephine Stuppard-Pierre and Myrtle Bell. Youth volunteers included Cosey Proctor III, Alia Roberts and Anaih Roberts.