North Jersey Alumnae Greets Newark Schoolchildren with 1,000 Bottles of Water on First Day of School


Submitted by Brett Savage-Simon

Shouts of support, smiles and stacks of water bottles were awaiting Newark’s Avon Avenue students when they arrived for their first day of school on Sept. 3.  Members of Delta Sigma Theta’s Sorority, Inc. North Jersey Alumnae Chapter (NJAC) were among the hundreds of parents, school officials, and other supporters who were on hand during Avon Avenue school’s first day of school welcome back celebration.  In addition, 2020 Census material was given out to the parents by NJAC’s Social Action committee to raise awareness of the upcoming census and the impact it can have on the community if they are under-counted.

NJAC members purchased more than 1,000 bottles of water to give to Newark’s schoolchildren as the city’s water safety crisis has impacted thousands in the community who remain concerned about the water supply.  Attached to each bottle was an encouraging message for students as they embarked on a new school year.  The messages stated, “Reach for the Stars,” “Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle,” and “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti.”  

“We believe in public service and giving back to the community,” said NJAC’s President, Dr. Dorita Newsome-Dobbins. “We’re here to support our children and let them know we believe in them and know they are going to do amazing things this school year.”

North Jersey Alumnae’s commitment to sisterhood, scholarship, and service dates back to June 11, 1939, the first chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in the State of New Jersey. Today, with a chapter membership of more than 200 members committed to the ideals of the sorority, the North Jersey Alumnae Chapter continues to serve the northern New Jersey communities in Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.


Submitted by Brett Savage-Simon Shouts of support, smiles and stacks of water bottles were awaiting Newark’s Avon Avenue students when they arrived for their first day of school on Sept. 3.  Members of Delta Sigma Theta’s Sorority, Inc. North Jersey Alumnae Chapter (NJAC) were among the hundreds of parents, school officials, and other supporters who were on hand during …

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