Sigma Mu Mu’s Que Cutz innaugral back to school kick off!
Sterling, VA- The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter in Loudoun County, VA. kicked off their Que Cutz Program on Sunday, August 25th.
The Men of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, Loudoun County, Virginia embarked upon a new communal venture, the Inaugural Back to School Que Cutz. The event was a collaborative effort with the Operation Uplift Foundation (www.opuplift.org). The Operation Uplift Foundation donated backpacks and school supplies. Headz 1st Barber Institute and Stay Sharp Barber Studio provided free haircuts.
Approximately 40 students in grades K-12 from Loudoun and Fairfax County were served with free haircuts. Brothers from Sigma Mu Mu Chapter distributed backpacks, as well as, served refreshments and snacks. Parents and students alike were very thankful to the Operation Uplift Foundation and the Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter for providing such a great, successful, and impactful event.
Sigma Mu Mu’s Que-Bucks Program Wraps up its 2018 Fall Session
Sterling, VA- The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter in Loudoun County, VA. closed out the Fall session of their Que-Bucks Program with Sugarland Elementary School on Thursday, December 20th.
The participation level from the children of Sugarland was, and has always been, phenomenal. The Que Bucks program easily involves 400 students, and each one was super excited for the close-out day to come. Why? Because it involved prizes, and what kid does not like receiving prizes? Every child is in the running, and their chances get higher based on the discipline they maintain to read more and more.
This close-out summed up just the Fall session of the full school year program. During this session, the entire school read for nearly 9,000 hours. The program spans from Kindergarten to 5th grade. That involves 25 classrooms full of energetic kids that were eager to read as a part of the Que Bucks program. The close-out involved a presentation of which a group of chapter Brothers presented Que Buck coupons in the amounts of $10, $5, and $5 to the top three readers of each class, respectively. Each of the first place winners received another chance to win even more by having their names placed in the drawing to win an Amazon Kindle.
With reward comes great responsibility. We not only gave the children gifts, we also poured into them words of encouragement and praise. Some of these youth come from homes where they do not have access to books or someone pushing them to read, read, read. The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu want to continue to fill that void by being the bridge builders that we know how to be. So we look forward to the Spring session and re-enforcing in the kids minds that there are no limits in life once you master reading.
Sigma Mu Mu Collects Toys and Bikes at Annual Toy Drive
Loudoun County, VA— The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter (SMM) continue to do their part to ensure that children in need throughout Loudoun County are able to enjoy a toy or two this holiday season.
On December 8, 2018, SMM held its annual Santa’s Workshop toy drive at the Super Wal-Mart in Sterling, Virginia. Many dedicated Brothers came out layered up and ready to work. They actively engaged with patrons and encouraged them to donate toys, bikes and money for the children of less fortunate families. Due to the generosity of local community residents and other supporters over 6,000 individual toys were collected, including 21 bikes. Also, cash donations were used to buy more toys. At the conclusion of the event, the Toys for Tots team for Loudoun County, arrived to collect all of the toys. They delivered them to the local office/distribution center.
Now in its 6th year, Santa’s Workshop supports the Loudoun County Toys for Tots Campaign, which in turn supports the National Toys for Tots Foundation. The goal is to provide toys for needy children during the Christmas season. By participating in such a worthy cause, Sigma Mu Mu lifted the spirits of families, and accomplished its mission by bringing smiles to deserving children.
Loudoun County, VA - On November 4, 2017, the Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu (SMM) Chapter, in a joint effort with Operation Uplift Foundation, held their 7th Annual Achievement Week Brunch at Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, Virginia. The event highlighted the accomplishments of eight influential people in Loudoun County. These leaders are often recognized for their willingness to strive for ways of empowering and uplifting their fellow residents.
The awards presented during the event included: (1) Citizen of the Year - Mrs. Phyllis Randall, Chair, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; (2) Educator of the Year - Ms. Shalonda Dixon, teacher at Balls Bluff Elementary; (3) Purple and Gold Community Service Award - Mrs. Lorrie Penn Hunter, Loudoun County National Pan-Hellenic Council president; (4) Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award - Brother Johari Hemphill; (5) Superior Service Award - Brother Reginald Parker; (6) Founders' Award - Brother William “Kip” Ward; (7) Community Partner of the Year - Walmart Supercenter at Dulles Town Crossing; and (8) Omega Man of the Year - Brother Shawn Lacey, current 3rd District Keeper of Records and Seal (KRS).
The keynote speaker for the occasion was Brother David Marion, current 1st Vice Grand Basileus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. During the brunch, Brother Marion engaged in a frank discussion about Manhood and its historical and future relevance within our fraternity and society.
The Achievement Week Brunch was well attended, as SMM Chapter members, their families, and friends were present. Included amongst the attendees were distinguished Omega men in leadership positions in the Fraternity: Brother Kevin Brown, current 3rd District Representative; Brother Robert C. Warren, Jr., Esq., former 3rd District Representative; and Brother Shawn Lacey, current 3rd District KRS. Several SMM Chapter members participated in the program. Brother Rev. Chad Carlton gave the invocation, Brother Shawn Lacey gave the welcoming and closing remarks, and chapter Basileus Brother Michael Bennett described the significance of the occasion to the audience. Brother Trevor Talbert introduced the keynote speaker, while Brother William “Kip” Ward gave the benediction.
Loudoun County, VA — On October 15, 2017, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter,held its annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive. The Brothers partnered with the Inova Blood Donor
Services Center of Sterling,Virginia. The initial goal was to have 17 donors give blood. However a total of 26 donors signed up. Almost half of the donors were members of the community who walked in after beingencouraged to volunteer by Brothers outside of the building. Inova officials appreciated and recognized the good work of Sigma Mu Mu for bringing in so many donors. This is important because donors are needed
now more than ever. The demand for blood is increasing while blood donation levels are decreasing.
The Inova Blood Donor Services Center supplies lifesaving blood and blood products to 24 different hospitals in Northern Virginia and throughout the Washington metropolitan area. They also work with national and international redistribution organizations. The Inova team looks forward to and is eager to again work with Sigma Mu Mu at next year’s blood drive.
Once again, Sigma Mu Mu demonstrated its commitment to service in Loudoun County. By leading this worthy effort to raise awareness of the need for an increase in the blood supply, the Brothers helped to
Sigma Mu Mu Collects Toys and Bikes at Annual Toy Drive
Loudoun County, VA— The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter (SMM) are doing their part to ensure that children in need throughout Loudoun County are able to enjoy a toy or two this holiday season.
On December 10, 2016, SMM held its annual Santa’s Workshop toy drive at the Super Wal-Mart in Sterling, Virginia. Despite frigid temperatures and bitterly cold winds, many dedicated Brothers came out layered up and ready to work. They actively engaged with patrons and encouraged them to donate toys, bikes and money for the children of less fortunate families. Due to the generosity of local community residents and other supporters over 260 individual toys were collected, including 10 bikes. Also, cash donations were used to buy more toys. At the conclusion of the event, the Toys for Tots coordinator for Loudoun County, Mr. Frank Holtz, arrived to collect all of the toys. He delivered them to the local office/distribution center.
Now in its 4th year, Santa’s Workshop supports the Loudoun County Toys for Tots Campaign, which in turn supports the National Toys for Tots Foundation. The goal is to provide toys for needy children during the Christmas season. By participating in such a worthy cause, Sigma Mu Mu lifted the spirits of families, and accomplished its mission by bringing smiles to deserving children.
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.