Alpha Kappa Alpha donates backpacks to Nashville middle schools

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s South Eastern Region is partnering with five area middle schools to prepare students for the start of the 2015-16 school year. Sorority members will donate backpacks and schools supplies on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2:30 pm at The Ivy Center of Nashville, located at 4344 Ashland City Highway.

Members of the South Eastern Region Service Project Committee have organized more than 150 backpacks and more than 1,000 related schools supplies to assist students at Brick Church, Gra-Mar, Jere Baxter, Wright and Cameron College Prep Middle Schools. Representatives from each school will be on-hand to collect the donations. The project, headed by Tonya Foreman, is part of the sorority’s One Million BackpacksSM initiative, which promotes the learning process by providing substantial support through the donation and distribution of one million backpacks to students over the next three years.

“It is very important that children have the necessary tools and resources available so they can have a strong and positive educational experience,” said AKA’s South Eastern Regional Director Mary B. Conner. “Alpha Kappa Alpha’s South Eastern Region is pleased that we can provide donations to these area Nashville schools to help students get a good head start this school year.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (AKA) is an international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 265,000 members in more than 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and on the continent of Africa. Led by International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, log onto .

The sorority’s South Eastern Region is comprised of 105 chapters in the states of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, with close to 6,000 active members that make up approximately 12% of the sorority’s membership worldwide.

As the oldest and largest sorority of college-educated predominately African American women, AKA’s have played a major role in shaping history through their advocacy, example and achievements. These women serve in the highest levels of government, the legal profession, business, education, civil rights, social services and athletics, and penetrating every industrial area. Visit for more information.