Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Kicks Off Annual May Week Celebration


Young Student Authors with their books, are flanked by Dr. Patricia Harris, Delta Project Chairperson and Carolyn Trimble, Savannah Alumnae Chapter President
Young Student Authors with their books, are flanked by Dr. Patricia Harris, Delta Project Chairperson and Carolyn Trimble, Savannah Alumnae Chapter President

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Savannah Alumnae Chapter kicked-off its annual May Week Celebration on Saturday, May 1, 2010 – 11:00A.M. at the Jepson Center for the Arts.

May Week is an annual event which focuses on education and youth in the community. This year’s theme is “A Celebration: Uplifting Our Youth.” The event was the culmination the sorority’s Delta Project Literacy Program, which afforded selected students an opportunity to write original books and have them professionally published.

At the event on Saturday, Savannah Alumnae Chapter recognized forty (40) students who participated in a Literacy Project, designed to enhance the students’ reading and writing skills and increase their interest in publishing their written works. Thirtyeight of these students attend East Broad Elementary School; one student attends Marsh Point Elementary; and one student attends Spencer Elementary School.

The goal of the project was to cause a “ripple effect” in reading, resulting in these young published authors sharing their original works with their peers nationwide and encouraging them to read more. This project will further develop reading skills that will create successful pathways throughout the students’ educational lives.

The students were involved in the project from January 6, 2010 – April 2010. Their specific assignment was to write a story about their favorite person, adventure, animal, character, poetry, and anything else they felt others would want to read. One student was asked to coauthor a book with Dr. Patricia Harris, Project Chairperson. This book was written to the President, hopefully will be placed in his library. The sorority had all of the students’ books published by Nationwide Publishing Company, located in Topeka, KS.

In keeping with the theme, the chapter presented its annual scholarship awards. Three Academic Scholarships were presented in the amount of $1,800 each and two Community Service Awards were presented in the amount of $800.00 each. Recipients of the Academic Scholarships are Naundie Eason, a senior at Hershel V. Jenkins High School. She has a 95 grade point average and plans to attend Georgia Southern University to pursue a major in Physical Therapy; and Ra`nesa McClellan, a senior at Hershel V. Jenkins High School. Ra`nesa has a 92 grade point average and plans to attend Georgia Southern University where she will major in nursing; and Kirah Nelson, a senior at the Savannah Arts Academy. She has a 97 grade point average and will attend Emory University where she will major in English. Community Service Awards were given to Chrystal Walker, a senior at Savannah Arts Academy. Chrystal plans to attend Spellman College. She has in excess of 140 community service hours; and Chelsey Williams, a senior at Hershel V. Jenkins High School, who plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design- Atlanta campus. Chelsey has earned in excess of 115 hours of community service. Savannah Alumnae Chapter also gave a financial contribution in the amount of $400.00 each to the Beach Institute, Carnegie Library, Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club, and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s May Week Activities continues with its signature fundraising activity – Jabberwock 2010: “An Evening of Magical Glitz – A Tribute to Dance” Friday, May 12, 2010 at the Savannah Civic Center Johnny Mercer Theater. Several dance groups will perform.

For tickets and additional information, please call: (912) 232-6048.

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