Sorority Distributes Free Backpacks With School Supplies at Framingham Picnic

The following is a press release submitted to SOURCE


FRAMINGHAM – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Rho Epsilon Omega Chapter partnered with the Framingham Public Schools in its first-ever Framingham Public Schools back-to-school picnic, held Thursday, August 30, at Farm Pond Park. Members gave away backpacks and facilitated coloring and word search activities with attendees.

Rho Epsilon Omega has distributed hundreds of backpacks throughout MetroWest in the last four years through its One Million Backpacks.

Sixty-five Framingham students received backpacks filled with school supplies at last Thursday’s event.

The AKA One Million Backpacks initiatives was launched in 2014 under the leadership of the organization’s former international president Dr. Dorothy BuchananEducational enrichment is one of five programming targets that guides the service of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®

Wilson. Its purpose is to promote the learning process and maximize school preparedness by providing substantial support to students in need.

Rho Epsilon Omega was instrumental in this endeavor.

“Our chapter really embraced this project,” said Tracey Cameron, President of Rho Epsilon Omega Chapter. “Each member pledged to donate at least five backpacks annually over a four year period.

In addition, we also received donations from local businesses to assist in this efforts,” she said.

With more than 1,000 chapters worldwide, AKA reached its one million backpack goal by its July 2018 deadline.

Rho Epsilon Omega looks forward to partnering with Framingham Public Schools in the future and welcomes collaboration from community agencies and organizations that place education at the forefront.

The chapter will implement AKAs new signature youth initiative for 11th and 12th graders, #CAPSM (College Admissions Process), later this fall.

Rho Epsilon Omega was chartered on January 23, 1988 to advance the purpose and ideals of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, , the oldest Black sorority for college-educated women.

The chapter has rendered outstanding service to the MetroWest area (Wellesley, Framingham, Natick, Sudbury, and beyond) since its inception and sponsors activities that address the ongoing global challenges faced by women, youth, and families.

For more information about Rho Epsilon Omega, please visit our Facebook page at or on our chapter website at

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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