Going back with the North Metro NPHC
Not to Cali (as spoken about by LL Cool J or the Notorious BIG). Not exactly going way back in time, but going back to school.
For a number of school systems in Metro-Atlanta, some are getting back to hitting the books the business week of July 31st or August 7th. Don't be upset at me being the bearer of said news; I'm just here to state the facts.
One clear fact is there are students and families in need. Even if we think getting pens, pencils, notebooks, composition books, and other related items are the norm, you would and should be surprised at the number of young people in grades K-12, let alone their families, that sincerely have some challenges with items and tasks that other deem mundane; keep in mind said areas of concern are felt all over, from the urban/city areas, suburbs, and yes, rural areas.
As a response to the aforementioned, there are a number of entities from our places of worship, social services, and others who are doing their part in lending support to those in need. On July 29, 2017 from 1-4pm at Shorty Howell Park in Duluth, GA, one such entity is the NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) of North Metro Atlanta.
The NPHC is the collective of graduate/alumni chapters of the Divine 9, essentially predominantly Black Greek Letter Organizations. With multiple fraternity chapters seated in Gwinnett and N Fulton counties, consisting of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, along with multiple sorority chapters (seated in Gwinnett, N Fulton, DeKalb, and Hall counties) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc, all are partnering in providing access to education-based resources in order for students to be as well equipped as possible.
In addition to accepting and receiving donations, refreshments (food and beverages), games, music, and providing a fun and festive space and place for families and the greater community is provided for all.
For details on how to donate, contribute, and lend support, potential patrons are encouraged to contact Baron Griffin (via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-524-7438).
With the rich history of the aforementioned organizations, including providing a measure of service, leadership, and community advocacy, the supply drive is one of multiple ways all come together for the greater good. In making it happen this coming Saturday, it allows students, parents, and the larger community to help make it happen too.