From Calvary Baptist Church:
The Calvary Baptist Church Prison Ministry has continued its partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.–Pi Theta Omega Chapter to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for children whose parents are incarcerated.
Through this joint effort, Calvary’s Prison Ministry and Pi Theta Omega Chapter donate, solicit, prepare, and distribute backpacks and school supplies to elementary school children as a “joint labor of love,” which also encompasses one of the Sorority’s International Program targets—Educational Enrichment through AKA One Million Backpacks.
(Over the last two years the Chapter has donated and/or distributed over 800 backpacks including more than 10,000 school supplies to those in need across the region.)
To date, backpacks have been distributed in Morris and Essex counties as well as abroad to a sister church in Honduras.
Students are identified through Rev. Herman Scott, chair of the CBC Prison Ministry and chaplain of the Morris County Bureau of Corrections.
Backpacks filled with school supplies are then prepared by the Sorority and delivered to Rev. Scott for distribution.
This year marks the sixth year of the partnership, as the Pi Theta Omega Chapter continues to provide “substantial support” to promote and encourage learning and education, as well as address needs within the community.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.-Pi Theta Omega Chapter was established in May 1986 and is the first African American Greek letter organization in Morris County.
The Chapter also will commence its local youth programs in September through its PTO-AKA Gems program for middle school females (6th- through 8th grades); and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Signature ASCENDS program, which includes a focus on “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) for male and female students, grades 9 through 12.
Applications currently are being accepted for both programs, and may be obtained by emailing here.
Coming up, there is an opportunity for the community to participate in the Angel Tree Project, which is designed to provide Christmas gifts for the children of incarcerated parents as well as homeless families. Those interested in donating should contact Monique Derrick here.