Sorority donates trunks to students
From Contributed Reports
Monday, November 5, 2018
The Chi Chapter of Tau Gamma Delta Sorority held its annual Trunks for Success program this summer at the BTW Resource Center at 225 S. Church St.
Minister Christopher Leger, a local youth minister, was this year’s featured speaker, who delivered an awe-inspiring speech, “Think, Speak, Be, Do” to encourage the youth. Natasha Wilkins and Jacqueline Pierce served as chairwomen under the direction of Chi Chapter President Anita F. Jones.
The “Trunks for Success” project was introduced in July 2008 at a national meeting of the sorority in Chicago.
The sorority presented a Charity Award to Bonnie Miah, CEO of the Trunk Party Inc. of Chicago. Miah started her organization as a result of a young man who was headed to college but only had a trash bag in which to pack his belongings. This compelled Miah to organize Trunk Party Inc.
Tau Gamma Delta Sorority’s Rocky Mount chapter chose to continue the tradition. Each year, Tau Gamma Delta members contact local high schools, including the early colleges to identify recipients who meet the specified criteria.
Sorority members join together and purchase trunks and school supplies and dormitory items for each of the recipients in order to give students a fresh start in furthering their education beyond high school and preparing for their freshman year of college. Chi Chapter has sponsored this program for the past 10 years and will continue this tradition for many years to come.
This year, 11 local students have been chosen to receive trunks sponsored by sorority members and community sponsors.
The students were Jayla Coley, graduate of Rocky Mount High School, who will be attending UNC-Pembroke; Kentayshia Johnson, graduate of South West Edgecombe, who is attending UNC-Greensboro; Ny’Quaja Anderson; graduate of South West Edgecombe, who is attending Winston-Salem State University; DaSonja Darden, graduate of Tarboro High School, who is attending N.C. Wesleyan College; Rachel Cherry, graduate of North East Carolina Prep, who is attending Ithaca College; Autumn Davis, graduate of North Edgecombe High School, who is attending East Carolina University; Christopher Arnold, graduate of Rocky Mount Preparatory School, who is attending Winston-Salem State University; Cedric Everette, graduate of South West Edgecombe, who is attending N.C. A&T State University; Shanautica Atkinson, graduate of Nash Central High School, who is attending Elizabeth City State University; Dakota Parker, graduate of Southern Nash High School, who is attending Campbell University; and Daniel Cavanaugh, graduate of Edgecombe Early College, who is attending East Carolina University.