Community Spirit--Delta Sigma Theta

It's the last day of school in Chatham County, so we're honoring some of the people who've helped make learning fun this year. The Savannah alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority went back to school, but they didn't just talk to students. They opened up a whole new world through reading.

Storyteller J'Miah Nabawi makes reading come to life for the Delta Divas. For the last few months, the members of sorority have been meeting with fourth and fifth graders at Hodge Elementary School.

They call it Divas Delight in Reading and it's so much more than a book club.

"We're going to involve a lot of activities, opportunities for them to explore self-esteem, to look at conflict resolution and talk about their view of the world, and through reading, how they might grow in their future aspirations," said Donna Brooks, Delta Sigma Theta's president.

Twice a month, the Deltas met with the students, doing their part to get them excited about reading and learning the skills that will make them productive citizens. Each month, this after-school group got larger, which speaks volumes to the kind of young people they are.

"So many times you hear that children are not interested in their education, but I think these young ladies are a testament to the fact that is not true," said Brooks.

The Deltas hope their time here will make a difference in their lives for years to come.

Administrators say this program supports the school's vision of developing the whole child: mind, body and spirit.

"This has been a fun way for them to learn these through reading," noted Donna Myers Oliver, principal at Hodge.

Oliver can't say enough about the Deltas who've volunteered countless hours to a program that has become a huge hit. "The fact that they are willing to come into a school here every week and they are willing to put a reading program together says a lot about them and their commitment to the community and their commitment to young people."

This is just one of many community service programs the Deltas sponsor. They are half of the team that hosts the widely popular 100 Celebrity Men Who Cook. They also give away several thousand dollars in scholarships each year.

Last fall, the sorority established the first endowed scholarship fund at Savannah State University in the amount of more than $15,000.

The group also sponsors health screenings and forums to educate the community.

Questions or comments concerning WTOC Community Spirit should be directed to Dawn Baker,