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US sorority donates books to North Eastern College

Monday, December 9 2013

Trinidadian Siobhian Bacchus-Sprott, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in the US, has donated books to her alma mater North Eastern College as part of her “Book it for Trinidad” programme.

Bacchus-Sprott, 34, attended the Sangre Grande school from 1990-1997 where she wrote her O’ Level and A’ Level examinations.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programmes in local communities throughout the world.

A sisterhood of more than 300,000 predominately Black college educated women, the sorority has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Republic of Korea.

The major programmes of the sorority are based upon the organisation’s five point thrust – economic development; educational development; international awareness and involvement; physical and mental health; and political awareness and involvement.

Bacchus-Sprott is a member of the Louisiana Tri-Parish Alumnae Chapter and birthed the project “Book it for Trinidad.”

Through the programme, members of the chapter collected books to share with schools and churches throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

A featured book that was shared with the residents of Trinidad and Tobago is A Lesson Before Dying written by Ernest Gaines, a native of Pointe Coupee Parish.

By sharing a piece of the Louisiana Culture, members of the Louisiana Tri-Parish Alumnae Chapter incorporated the sorority’s programmatic thrust surrounding educational development and international awareness and involvement.

Chair of the International Awareness and Involvement committee for 2012-2013, Angela Louis, stated that “reaching out to sister cities in other parts of the world not only move our mission forward, but it allows members of the sorority to learn and experience other cultures as well.”

The Louisiana Tri-Parish Alumnae Chapter plans to continue to reach out to the community in Trinidad and Tobago to further incorporate more of the sorority’s programmatic thrust.

Delta Sigma Theta sorority, proudly celebrated 100 years of service in Washington DC in July this year.

Rose Roche, president of the Louisiana Tri-Parish Alumnae Chapter, stated “we must continue to strive to thrive on the principle of the sorority and promote excellence among those we serve.”

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