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Cooking up school supply support: The North Metro NPHC Cookout and Drive

The North Metro NPHC is hosting a school supply drive and cookout on July 26th.  It's a call for the community to donate supplies in order to lend support to students in need.
The North Metro NPHC is hosting a school supply drive and cookout on July 26th. It's a call for the community to donate supplies in order to lend support to students in need.
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Summertime.

For many, this is one of the best times of the year as cookout season is at its peak. The sights and scenes emanating from a grill surely delight the taste buds and senses for an extraordinary culinary experience.

Likewise, as we inch closer to the end of July and the beginning of August, it is a reminder the start of a new school year is literally and figuratively right around the corner. The mix of excitement, apprehension, and hustle and bustle are apparent, ranging from faculty getting their classrooms and syllabi in order, to students getting their wardrobe together to get things off to a good start.

A growing trend in recent years is that of school supply drives. With an increasing number of students and families having challenges in purchasing the essential equipment needed for classes and other related activities, it can be a stressful and challenging time.

On July 26th, the North Metro (Atlanta) Pan-Hellenic Council is doing its part to reach back and help others, as well as generate support from the immediate and interlocking community. From 2-6pm at Rock Springs Park (550 Rock Springs Road in Lawrenceville), they are hosting their Back to School Community Picnic and School Supply Drive.

The organization, which is a collective of the Black Greek Letter Organizations which are based in Gwinnett, North Fulton, and Hall Counties, is coming together to help students and families pick up needed school items to lend assistance to those in sincere need. Member fraternal organizations include the Loganville-Conyers chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Lawrenceville-Duluth chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Duluth chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the North Fulton chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Member sororities include the Lawrenceville and Gainesville chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Gwinnett and Hall County chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Gwinnett (Snellville) chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The North Metro NPHC is actively seeking and collecting donations of key school supplies prior to the July 26th event. Pencils (traditional #2, colored, and mechanical), crayons, erasers, glue sticks, composition notebooks, pencil sharpeners, pocket folders, pens (blue and black ink), Post-It notes, index cards, scissors, and highlighters are among the key supplies requested. Additional supply needs include notebook paper (college ruled), construction paper, subject notebooks (1"), Kleenex, file folders, clipboards, hand sanitizer, and dividers (tabs for binders).

Cash donations (for future purchases), along with the aforementioned in-kind donations, are accepted as well.

A Taste of Paradise Restaurant and Event Hall is lending its support as a drop-off location for individuals to leave their donations prior to (and after) the July 26th event.

For additional information, it is recommended to contact the chapter via email at northmetro.nphc@gmail.com. The chapter is reachable via its social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter (@NM_NPHC), and Instagram (@NorthMetro_NPHC).

Participating member organizations are "cooking up" a light bite for attendees to enjoy while dropping off their donations and/or picking up needed supplies. Another bonus is the North Metro NPHC is holding a drawing in order to provide a school in its servicing area added support with a donation and delivery prior to the start of the school year.

The July 26th drive is another example of the 2013 NPHC Outstanding Graduate Council of the Year's programming and commitment to service in the greater Lawrenceville area. With community support, they are able to lend support to students and schools in need prior to the start of the school year and beyond.

It sounds like a good idea to see what the North Metro NPHC is cooking...