Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Delta Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter
Members spend the summer collecting donations from family friends and local businesses to fill book bags. 22 bags were raffled off to youth in need in 2016.
The chapter is dedicated to securing resources and support to ensure that every student is able to achieve academic excellence.
The chapter has provided children of School District 65 with backpacks filled with school supplies at Evanston's CommUNITY Festival. Additionally, some members regularly volunteer as tutors for Books & Breakfast, a non-profit that provides children with breakfast, homework and social-emotional support every school morning at 4 schools in the district.
The Delta Xi Sigma Chapter accepts both monetary and school supply donations to support our Sigma Essential Program, Operation Big Book Bag. Each year, we partner with Books & Breakfast to ensure that our sorority is providing the right type of support for children participating in the program.
For example, oftentimes as a public we don't realize that students need to replace damaged, lost, or used school supplies through the school year. Therefore, during the 2018-2019 school year the chapter provided a mid-year inventory of school supplies for over 140 children participating in the Books & Breakfast program located in 4 schools in School District 65. Every student's need is different and our donations ensured that each student had access to an inventory that could fill their needs.
In this 2019-2020 school year, the chapter is providing homework school supply kits. Many schools in the district have moved to bulk school supply ordering to better leverage discount pricing - where each family pays its equitable share - and to allow teachers to order exactly what's needed in their classrooms. Those school supplies are then the property of the classroom, inadvertently leaving students from families with financial needs without school supplies at home to be able to complete homework. Therefore, the chapter is providing Books & Breakfast students with homework school supply kits to fill the gap.