|by CCPS Press Releases|
Santa Claus wore blue and his sleigh was a truck on Tuesday when the members of the Omicron Delta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., stopped by C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School to drop off 35 bicycles for students nominated by their teachers.
It was a busy day for the brothers of the Sigmas of Southern Maryland. Earlier in the day, the group visited Benjamin Stoddert Middle School to drop off gifts to students. The fraternity has a history of community service and stands by its motto of “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.”
“Every year we learn more and more stories about the students here,” said Kendrick Faison, the president of the Omicron Delta Sigma Service Foundation and past president of the chapter.
Frannia Bryant, Barnhart’s school counselor, said a child from each classroom from prekindergarten to fifth grade was nominated for a bike. “A bike gives you the opportunity to go out into your community,” Sequiell Bolden, the chapter president, said. “[Bike riding] promotes a healthy lifestyle.” Additionally, owning a bike teaches responsibility and independence.
David Ingles smiled when he remembered riding bikes as a kid. He hopes his son, Jamil, a Barnhart third grader, makes similar happy memories. “I think he’ll be very excited,” Ingles said.
This is the fourth year the fraternity has given bikes to children at Barnhart. The organization’s annual crab feast, along with donations and a partnership with Walmart, helps fund its community service projects. Members also support mentoring programs in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland, volunteer at the Robert J. Fuller Transitional House for Men and Charlotte Hall Veterans Home as well as raise money for the March of Dimes.
Video courtesy Omicron Delta Chapter “ODS” -Southern Maryland Sigmas via Facebook