Submitted by Kristina Blackwood
The Bronx Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated launched the sorority year with
a profound dedication to scholarship and service. On Aug. 26, a remarkable event unfolded as the chapter partnered with the men of Kappa Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. to host a Back-to-School Giveaway at Soundview Park in the heart of the Bronx.
The event, generously supported by COMTO NY, saw the sponsorship of 90 backpacks. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade, accompanied by their families, arrived at the park and were warmly greeted by chapter members. Each child was delighted to select a backpack filled with essentials – notebooks, pencils, pens, water bottles, and more, fostering smiles of excitement and readiness for the new school year.
The impact was immense, with more than 100 parents signing in and an impressive distribution of over 200 backpacks. Yet, it wasn’t just about the backpacks; the educational journey was enriched further as students were led to receive packets of free books courtesy of the Arts & Letters committee. More than 400 books of various genres found their way into the eager hands of young readers.
Understanding the educational challenges faced by Bronx communities is pivotal for the Bronx Alumnae Chapter. Soundview, predominantly comprising Hispanic and African-American households, grapples with financial hardships, as 37% of residents earn less than $25,000, and 31% of families lack a high school diploma.
The impact resonated deeply within the community, drawing attention from unexpected quarters. A park attendant, witnessing the event, humbly inquired if she, too, could receive a backpack for her child. Her gratitude echoed the sentiment shared by attendees, acknowledging the event’s significance for the community. The event’s service-oriented essence attracted the interest of BronxNet, with a local news reporter present to capture the profound impact on underserved students’ educational advancement.
Beyond the academic support, families relished grilled hot dogs, burgers, chips, and beverages – a delightful addition to the day’s celebrations.
Looking ahead, the Bronx Alumnae Chapter remains committed to fostering collaboration with
community partners, promising sustained service to students and families across Bronx communities. As the school year commences, the chapter eagerly anticipates future endeavors aimed at empowering education and making a lasting difference in the lives of Bronx residents.