GIVING OUT BACKPACKS—Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. brought its “AKA ONE MILLION BACKPACKS” service project to Pittsburgh. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority along with Walmart collected nearly 5,000 backpacks and schools supplies to be presented to area school children.  The sorority’s national goal is to provide one million school children with backpacks and school supplies over a four-year period. The local event was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Great Lakes Regional Director Toni S. Kendrick, and representatives of local student recipients participated. Pictured above, from left: Charita Marinier, Walmart executive; Autumn Kyles, second international vice president, AKA; students Torrien Perkins, 8, and Samaree Perkins, 10;  Toni Kendrick, Great Lakes regional director, AKA;  and Carol Turner, Great Lakes regional representative to the International Committee. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

GIVING OUT BACKPACKS (Photos by J.L. Martello)

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. brought its “AKA ONE MILLION BACKPACKS” service project to Pittsburgh.

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority along with Walmart collected nearly 5,000 backpacks and schools supplies to be presented to area school children. The sorority’s national goal is to provide one million school children with backpacks and school supplies over a four-year period.

The local event was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Great Lakes Regional Director Toni S. Kendrick, and representatives of local student recipients participated.

Pictured above, from left: Charita Marinier, Walmart executive; Autumn Kyles, second international vice president, AKA; students Torrien Perkins, 8, and Samaree Perkins, 10; Toni Kendrick, Great Lakes regional director, AKA; and Carol Turner, Great Lakes regional representative to the International Committee.

HAPPY RECIPIENTS—Torrien Perkins, 8, and Samaree Perkins, 10,  receive their new backpacks filled with school supplies.

HAPPY RECIPIENTS—Torrien Perkins, 8, and Samaree Perkins, 10, receive their new backpacks filled with school supplies.

GETTING READY FOR NEXT YEAR—School supplies were in every backpack that was presented to kids to finish out this school year and start the next.

GETTING READY FOR NEXT YEAR—School supplies were in every backpack that was presented to kids to finish out this school year and start the next.

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