Que-Bucks Close out 2016
Sigma Mu Mu’s Que-Bucks Program Keeps Students Reading
Sterling, VA- Students at Sugarland Elementary are hitting the books, thanks to the brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter in Loudoun County, VA.
Since 2012, the Chapter has partnered with the school to encourage students to read on a daily basis. Serving as a Social Action and Assault on Illiteracy initiative, the Que-Bucks program ties in with the school’s own Accelerated Reader program by encouraging students to become more avid readers. For each book read, students can earn a stamp on their Que-Buck. Once 20 stamps have been earned, each student’s Que-Buck is placed in a drawing for individual prizes. The drawing, held at the end of each semester, awards various prizes to students from each grade level.
Currently in its 5th year of operation at Sugarland, the Que-Bucks program was expanded this year to include students in kindergarten all the way through grade 5. Students throughout the school were encouraged to participate, as brothers initially visited the school in September to kick off the program. On December 2, 2016, brothers of Sigma Mu Mu returned to the school to announce the top readers for the fall semester and distribute prizes. Students from all grade levels were awarded $10 gift certificates redeemable towards the purchase of books and other items at the school’s semi-annual book fair. As an added incentive, the two top readers were also awarded bicycles for their efforts. Students are not only discovering the inherent joys of reading, but they are also reaping the benefits of their efforts within the classroom. Accordingly, the brothers of Sigma Mu Mu are happy to provide them with the opportunity to do so.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the Chapter will award approximately $1,600 in prizes and gifts to the top readers in the school.
Leesburg, VA — Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, is again setting the example and leading the way through service. The students and staff at Leesburg Elementary School are discovering firsthand just how integral Sigma Mu Mu is to the local community.
In December, Sigma Mu Mu received more than 700 new books as part of its successful Toys for Tots campaign. Always thinking of the value of education, the Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu gave the books to Operation Uplift, a local 501(c)(3) foundation, which in turn donated the books to Leesburg Elementary School. The books cover a wide variety of interesting topics, and will be used throughout the school. Nearly every classroom will receive an allotment of books to read. Principal Angela Robinson expressed tremendous gratitude for the donation and indicated that the books will be put to immediate use. Brother Shawn Lacey, the assistant principal who led this education initiative, indicated that teachers will seek out ways to incorporate these books into their current curricula this semester.
Through diligence in the service of others, the Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu are truly living their creed and representing the lofty ideals of Omega.
Loudoun County, VA— Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, routinely lends a helping hand to those in need, and is guided by its unwavering obligation to lift as we climb.
On February 24, 2017, the Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu gathered early to provide breakfast for the residents of the Loudoun Homeless Emergency Shelter in Leesburg, Virginia. “Breakfast by the Bruhs”, a recurring meal service, is a social action initiative led by Bro. Drew Gerald. The Brothers cooked, served and catered to all the needs of the residents. On the menu was an old-fashioned breakfast of scrambled eggs, grits, french toast, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and orange juice. This breakfast is quite popular and was well received at the homeless shelter. It allows residents to partake in a hearty meal, while giving Brothers an opportunity to interact directly with the residents and hear their stories.
The emergency shelter, operated by Volunteers of America® Chesapeake (VOA), is one of the programs provided at the Loudoun Homeless Services Center. The staff collaborates with local churches, professionals, civic groups and volunteers to address the basic needs of the residents. Sigma Mu Mu’s involvement, outreach and assistance are beneficial, and allow VOA to carry out its broad mission of inspiring self-reliance, dignity and hope for its homeless clients. Needless to say, the Omega men of Sigma Mu Mu continually contribute to raising the hopes and lifting the spirits of many of our less fortunate brothers and sisters in the community.
Woodbridge, VA – Sigma Mu Mu Chapter took the top two spots in the Gene Montague Memorial 5K Run on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Leesylvania Park. Brother Dwayne Bowden was the 1st Place Winner and Brother Bryce Pringle came in 2nd Place. Way to bring home the hardware and honor the memory of Brother Montague. This 5K is a fitting tribute to an Omega Man who himself participated in many events, including the Tough Mudder with Brother Pringle.
Leesburg, VA – On January 16, 2017, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter participated in the 25th Annual MLK March and Celebration. Heeding the call to action on this historic day of service, the brothers helped by assisting in event setup, by transporting food received from local restaurants, and by donating nonperishable food items to a food drive. Additionally, Sigma Mu Mu walked in the parade and attended the MLK celebration program held at the Douglass Community Center. The keynote speaker for the program was Blake D. Morrant, Esquire, Dean of the George Washington University School of Law. The program included music and inspirational performances. Many of the brothers shared the experience of MLK day with their children. They walked together with their sons and daughters in the parade and allowed them to participate in the Youth and Adult Dialogue Program. The MLK Committee, during the program, thanked Sigma Mu Mu for its dedication to and continued support of the event.
Leesburg, VA – On November 25, 2016 members of the Sigma Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. braved the chilly weather, and laced up their cleats for the 4th Annual Morven Park Black Friday Flag Football Tournament. The tournament, which began in 2012, has grown from 60 players to over 300 players. This year over 15 teams participated. Sigma Mu Mu has participated in the event twice. The organizers, other participants and referees noted the grit and toughness that players from the chapter exhibited.
Although Sigma Mu Mu didn’t take the winner’s trophy this year, brothers took the field and displayed a valiant effort in three games over a span of four hours. Many of the brothers brought their children to observe the tournament and to participate. When asked about the competitive nature of flag football, Sigma Mu Mu members explained that it was not about winning or losing but about the fellowship throughout the day. They also discussed the health benefits gained from the rigorous exercise associated with flag football. Not to be outdone, Sigma Mu Mu plans to start practicing a little earlier to get a jump on next year’s competition.
Sterling, VA – On June 18, 2016 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, held its 3rd Annual “Love Of A Father Breakfast” at Applebee’s restaurant.
This pancake breakfast brought together over 80 patrons. Attendees included fathers, men accepting the role of fathers, children, other family members, civic leaders and representatives from the local social services agency. The purpose of this gathering of members of the Loudoun community was to celebrate Father’s Day; and stress the importance of responsible fatherhood. Sigma Mu Mu through its Fatherhood Initiative activities, such as this event, is always striving to develop, enhance, support, and highlight the absolute necessity for responsible fathers. To accomplish this, the chapter intends to educate men on parenting; facilitate family engagement opportunities; explain legal parental rights; organize education seminars; and hold job summits. Additionally, in partnership with the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, Sigma Mu Mu will endeavor to help educate, mentor and assist at-risk youth in the local community.
Brother Marcus Fisher, the Fatherhood Committee Chair, served as the master of ceremonies (“MC”) and keynote speaker at the breakfast. He began by honoring and recognizing Omega fathers, biological fathers, and men currently serving as father figures in the community.
Brother Fisher specifically highlighted both their unyielding commitment to help raise responsible kids and their efforts in teaching them to be productive citizens. Key emphasis was placed on the involvement of fathers in the lives of our young black males, and how it’s going to take a “village” approach to help save this demographic. Lyle Davidson, Director of the Loudoun County Family Services Department, was recognized for participating in a joint effort with Sigma Mu Mu to help identify and mentor at-risk teens in Loudoun County.
Dozens of brothers in the chapter served as waiters. As each brother waited on a table, they shared their individual stories with the attendees on how their fathers and male role models positively impacted their lives. Also during the event, a raffle was held and door prizes were handed out to several kids in attendance.
The “Love Of A Father Breakfast” was a festive occasion. It successfully promoted and celebrated responsible fatherhood; and raised funds for Sigma Mu Mu Chapter’s scholarship and social action activities. A good time was had by all, including the brothers who worked the event as hosts, waiters, food/beverage servers, and dishwashers. In doing the work of Omega, Sigma Mu Mu enthusiastically looks forward to expanding the reach and impact of its Fatherhood Initiative activities in Loudoun County, Virginia.