Many children will have a reason to smile as the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. made their way to Mitchell Elementary and the campus of the College of Charleston. The 11th Annual Mitchell Holiday Market was held on Thursday, December 19th, and it was another success for Mitchell staff and students. Reginald Terry, Behavioral Management Specialist, said “The Holiday Market is where every student in the school is afforded the opportunity to come shop and buy a minimum of two gifts for their parent or caregiver at home,” and the students did that and much more.
The students utilized “Shark Bucks” which is a pseudo currency that they accumulate during the semester to utilize to make the purchases in the market. The gifts were donated by faculty, staff and community members and organizations like the members of the Mu Alpha Chapter. Nathaniel Scurry, a member of the chapter stated, “It gives us an opportunity to touch all the kids at Mitchell, not just the few 6th grade boys that we mentor, but providing them an opportunity to give back to those who give them so much.”
Jamal Walton, Associate Athletics Director of External Operations at the College of Charleston, also participated as part of the CofC Holiday Toy Drive which was done at the men’s basketball game which featured the Cougars taking on the South Carolina State Bulldogs. Patrons who supplied a toy upon entry to the game received discounted tickets for supporting the initiative. There were 175 toys collected that were distributed to children at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital. “The toy drive was open to the general public…the aim was to give back to those less fortunate and provide a positive impact to the community,” stated Walton. The brothers of the Beta Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Fraternity also pitched in as well. “We hope this drive uplifts those dealing with various issues in their lives…at the end of the day, every kid deserves something special for the holidays,” said Walton.