AKArama Foundation Donates Supplies

Kimberly Egonmwan (right) AKArama Vice President and Program Chair, presents school supplies to John Fiske Elementary Principal Kenya Underwood. Photo provided by Melody McDowell
Kimberly Egonmwan (right) AKArama Vice President and Program Chair, presents school supplies to John Fiske Elementary Principal Kenya Underwood. Photo provided by Melody McDowell

 AKArama Foundation Donates Supplies

The AKARAMA Foundation’s Women’s Health and Wellness
Committee celebrated the start of school by presenting
a bounty of school supplies to Dulles School of Excellence
and John Fiske Elementary School students in the Woodlawn
community. The Foundation – the charitable arm of Theta
Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
–- transported boxes and bags to the schools. The Foundation
acknowledged Alderman Jeanette Beatrice Taylor of the Twentieth Ward, where both schools are located. She responded to the call by generously donating 23 boxes of supplies.

Among the much-needed items donated by members of
the Foundation were notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons,
kid-friendly scissors, clue sticks, highlighters and much more.

In the event the schools need additional supplies throughout
the year, the Foundation presented each school with a $2500
e-Learning Grant. Accepting the supplies and the $2500 were
Dulles School of Excellence Principal Toyia Pullum and Principal Kenya Underwood, Principal of John Fiske Elementary School.

Veletta Bell, President of the Foundation, shared the feeling
of relief the Foundation is experiencing as a new school year
begins. “We are heartened that schools are reopening and inschool learning will resume after the pandemic forced schools to close for 18 months,” said Bell. “As students return to the classroom, the AKARAMA Foundation anticipated that there would be needs of our neighboring schools, Fiske and Dulles. We reached out to the principals who indicated that supplies and monetary contributions were their top priority. So we issued a call to members to donate items. The response was so overwhelming, we had to make multiple trips to deliver the supplies.”

Bell declared that the school supplies giveaway is another
compelling example of how the Foundation serves the community. She also credited the Women’s Health and Wellness Committee and Dr. Causandra McClain-Hall, Chairman, for coordinating “this most-successful event.”

Kimberley Egonmwan, Vice President of the Foundation
and Program Chairman, echoed Bell’s sentiments. “Service is
Alpha Kappa Alpha’s credo and is the foundation upon which
we were founded in 1908. Through activities like the school
supplies giveaway, the AKARAMA Foundation exemplifies
and builds on our mission to ‘serve all mankind.’”

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