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land Mills High School. More than refreshments and give-a-ways were Teresa Hamilton’s Lady T’s Home- 700 junior and senior high school provided to participants who turned less Outreach. Hamilton is a hero in students attended. Guest speak- in their cigarettes. the community who provides meals, ers included: Dr. Michelle N. Eakin, The Delta Scholars program is an blankets, coats and hygiene items to Johns Hopkins University; Dr. David ongoing partnership and mentorship homeless people in the community Mann, Maryland State Department of program between the Columbia on a weekly basis. She uses her own Health; and Sandy Roemer, RN, How- (MD) Alumnae Chapter and Oakland resources to give back to others who ard County General Hospital. Mills High School that promotes may currently fi nd themselves in un- The speakers presented the fi scholarship and community fortunate circumstances. ve steps to quitting and distributed involvement. ▲ In addition to the hygiene kits, De- information on Howard County catur Alumnae Chapter also provides smoking cessation programs as well IMPACT Day (Inspiring and Motivat- canned goods to Lady T’s Homeless as statistical information throughout ing Public Service Advocates for Outreach to assist with meals. Chap- the state of Maryland. Additionally, Community Transformation), a na- ter members along with Delta Acad- a confi tional program implemented by the emy and Delta GEMS participants dential and free counseling hotline was provided to everyone. Sorority’s Grand Chapter was held on assembled and presented more than To help promote the "No Smoking" March 12, 2011. The Decatur Alum- 500 hygiene kits and canned goods to Campaign, the Delta Scholars created nae Chapter participated in the pro- Lady T’s Homeless Outreach. ▲ smoke-free lifestyle contracts, in gram by making an impact in which over 200 OMHS students made the life of one individual that a pledge to stop or quit smoking. The provides support and im- Delta Scholars also created smoking pacts the lives of so many in fatality statistics posters and hung our community. The chapter them in the school corridors to bring supported a local homeless visibility to the "No Smoking" outreach initiative. campaign. They also sold custom- Decatur Alumnae Chap- made, red and white, Delta Scholar "I ter partnered with local love lungs" rubber wristbands. schools and organizations Two days after the Kick Off in the DeKalb County area Assembly, the Delta Scholars to collect personal hygiene conducted a follow up Tobacco items (e.g., toothbrushes, Products Amnesty Day at the toothpaste, combs, soap, Columbia Association Teen Center. deodorant, etc.) The items Decatur Alumnae Chapter’s Delta Academy and Students were offered an opportunity were assembled into person- Delta GEMS participants help prepare more than 500 to discard their tobacco products al hygiene kits for homeless hygiene kits that were given to Lady T’s Homeless without a penalty for under- men and women in the metro Outreach. age smoking. “Quit Kits,” music, Atlanta area and donated to Sorors from the three Delaware alumnae chapters convened at Delaware State University in Dover on April 6, 2011 for Delta Days at the State Capital. The theme for the day was “Advocacy in Action: A Stronger Presence – A Stronger Voice.” The day began with a panel dis- cussion on education and President Obama’s Race to the Top initiative. Delaware is one of the fi rst states in the country to receive federal funding for this initiative. Panelists included Dr. Lillian Lowery, secretary of edu- cation for the State of Delaware and a member of Delta Sigma Theta So- rority, Inc.; Dr. Susan Bunting, super- intendent of the Indian River School Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter Delta Scholars participants. District; and Shannon Griffi n, execu- 86 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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