Monroe Avenue accepts additional donations

By Stephanie Spradlin

HAMLET — Cordelia Steele and Orga Ellerbe, both of Rockingham, of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi Sorority were at Monroe Avenue Elementary School this morning to present a donation check to Assistant Principal Maxine Brown and Evonne Moore-Leonard, social worker.

Stephanie Spradlin |

Stephanie Spradlin |

Monroe Avenue Elementary School was one of four county schools chosen by the sorority to receive donations. The sorority also donated to Leak Street School, Ellerbe elementary and Rohanen middle schools. Steele wished for the donation amount not be disclosed but did say that each school received the same amount.

The Monroe Avenue Elementary donation is to “assist students with uniforms, belts and other needs” as the school staff sees fit. Steele, past president of the chapter, said that theirs is a service sorority and that they enjoy helping with educational efforts for the children. Alpha Pi Chi Sorority has 600 members nationwide and just celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Ellerbe is the current Vice President of the Alpha Mu Chapter.

Stacey Fain, guidance counselor, said that the community support has been overwhelming.

“People have been so generous,” she said.

The school’s angel tree has had a terrific response, having received both toys from the community and local businesses have donated financially to help supplement.

“We’ve received so many (donations), I couldn’t possibly name them all and some wish to remain anonymous,” Fain said. “Of those that have donated are Perdue, FirstHealth (Richmond Memorial) Hospital, Griffin Motors (which gave to four area schools) and Highland Acres Church of God. “It’s enough to make you cry.”

Students at Monroe Avenue Elementary School are not only receiving this holiday season. They are learning the character trait of generosity and the Tiger Council is taking an active part in a donation drive for Toys for Tots. The students collect change each Friday and this afternoon will tally and total the amount collected. Toys For Tots will be presented with this donation tomorrow.

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