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School project’s pur-pose was to rebuild an improved school with larger classrooms and implement new tech-nologies to promote academic excellence in the remote village of Chérette. In July 2012, Laguerre and Soror Cyn-thia M. A. Butler-Mc- Intyre, 25th National President, signed a Memorandum of Under-standing that confirmed the partnership. Con-struction on the school began immediately. The school project involved the construction of an administrative office building and six class-rooms. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elementary School – Cynthia M. A. But-ler- McIntyre Campus’ classrooms dedicated to the seven living past national presidents. The 3,530-square-foot facility also meets the needs of the current 300-student population. WEI main-tained and exercised full managerial and financial control of the construc-tion of the elementary school, its dai-ly operations and legal responsibility of all of its entities. The physical site of the school will afford Delta members an op-portunity to engage in an enhanced learning environment and promote educational advancement through-out s68 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. the community of Chérette as well as experience hands-on global service learning. It also provides the Sorority an occasion to lend its voice to increase awareness of global community service giving and to un-derstand the importance of collabo-ration in this effort. The Sorority’s National Program Planning and De-velopment sustainability program will grant funds for con-tinuous maintenance of the school. Participating in the school dedication ceremony were Dr. Joel Laguerre, WEI represen-tatives, Chérette politi-cal officials including the Chérette School Board President, local clergy, students from Califor-nia’s Solano Community College, and members from local townships. The Delta Sigma Theta delegation included, Soror Butler-McIntyre; Dr. Thelma James Day, co-chair, Program Plan-ning and Development; Passion Lockett; Patri-cia Reed Cunningham; Joyce Williams; and Mancia Perette, Southern Regional Representative. Laguerre and the school officials welcomed the Delta delegation, gave a tour of the facil-ity and presented each member with a special plaque. The dedication ceremony was very moving and in-cluded musical presentations by the students, remarks by Soror Butler- McIntyre and the dedication of six classrooms in honor of the living past national presidents: Frankie Muse Freeman, Esq., 14th National Presi-dent; Dr. Thelma Thomas Dailey, 16 National President; Mona Humphries Bailey, 17th National President; Dr. Bertha M. Roddey, 20th National President; The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, 21st National President; Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, 22nd Na-tional President; and Dr. Louise Allen Rice, 23rd National President. The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of school supplies and books to the school. The continued support of the school will expand throughout the sisterhood. Chapters and members will not only have an opportunity to visit the school site but will also be able to make indelible impressions through global giving and service. s Dr. Thelma Day, co-chair, Program Planning and Development, along with other mem-bers of the Delta delegation, present Haiti school students with school supplies.


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