St. Croix sorority bringing carnival season back for a day for the kids
Published: August 14, 2013
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ST. CROIX - As summer vacation slowly rolls to a close for local students, the women of a local sorority are hoping to make one of the final days a memorable experience.
The St. Croix Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host a Kiddie Carnival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Lyme parking lot, located at the former Nissan dealership in La Grande Princesse.
Chapter President Desiree Illidge said the carnival will benefit recipients of the sorority's annual Rita Weber Scholarship Award and programs that benefit youths in the community.
The event will feature a variety of fun and games, including bouncers, rock wall climbing, mechanical bull riding, face painting, cupcake decorating, picture stations and traditional games.
The carnival is free for children, and the entry fee for adults is $2.
Everyone, however, will be required to pay a small fee to participate in each of the games and to purchase food and drinks, according to Illidge.
"The Kiddie Carnival will serve as a culminating event for all of the summer fun our students enjoyed," she said. "Summer 2013 went by quickly, but there are a few days left and we wanted to be a part of creating some closing-out memories and a belly full of fun for the students and their families."
Illidge said that over the years, the sorority has tried to host events and specialty programs focused on children, including its signature programs, the Delta Academy and the Delta Gems, which are designed to educate and mentor young girls by preparing them for leadership roles in the community. She said the sorority also has a new program - EMBODI - which focuses on mentorship training for young boys.
"Our sorority has been celebrating the centennial year of its founding this year, and we are celebrating and trying to continue to do bigger and better things for our community and specifically our youth," Illidge said.
She said many local business stepped up to the plate to support the fundraiser and the sorority is grateful.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority now boasts a sisterhood of more than 250,000 predominately black college-educated women committed to public service and has more than 900 chapters worldwide.
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