Sorority sponsors successful program

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Over 45 children recently participated in a 20th Remedial Reading Math and Science Program at the East Suffolk Community Center.

The Zeta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. sponsors this program annually to provide an opportunity for students to engage in reading, math and science activities for enjoyment, enlightenment and enrichment.

The program is for youths that will be enrolled in kindergarten through fifth-grade in Suffolk City Schools during the next school year.

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Some of the activities included were comprehension skills, vocabulary skills, recreational reading, creative expressions (oral and written), story telling, art expressions, educational games, computation and problem solving. Local field trips were also a part of the activities.

During the program 17 sorors volunteered their services to assist in the program. Resource persons included Iness Taylor, Amanda Rodgers, Felita Steverson, LaQuisha Godwin, Gary Williams from the Literacy Council, and personnel from the Suffolk Fire Department.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was organized in 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and is a national and community service organization.

This is the oldest sorority for black women in the United States. The Suffolk chapter, Zeta Epsilon Omega, is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Region and was organized in February 1954 in Franklin.

Officers of the sorority are Julia Liggins, president; Dorothy Diggs, vice president; Janice Richardson, secretary; Deborah Austin, assistant secretary; Vivian Pruden, financial secretary; Jennifer Ledbetter-Phillips, assistant financial secretary; Jacqueline Milteer, corresponding secretary; Avis Blow, treasurer; Lorraine Skeeter, assistant treasurer; Hazel Edwards, parliamentarian; Ivy League, reporter, Bertha Turner, corresponding secretary; Vera Boone, courtesy chairwoman; and Martha Harris, philacter.