The program is an annual event, which celebrates the sorority’s accomplishments, leadership, and community service. During May Week, special emphasis is placed on scholastic achievements, educational opportunities, program participants, and community leaders. This year the sorority presented community service awards to Mr. Tyrone Abraham and the Cheraw Educational Task Force.
Mr. Tyrone Abraham is a resident of Bennettsville. He is married to Carol Bethea Abraham and they have two children, Tyrone Jr. and Victoria. He was employed at the S.C. Dept. of Corrections for 12 years: Rank Captain. He retired from US Federal Bureau of Prisons. Community service includes: Kiwanis Club Member, Kiwanis Key Club Youth Mentor, JROTC Instructor, Praise Team Leader at AMI Kids, volunteer at the School of Discovery and Marlboro County Improvement Committee.
The Cheraw Educational Task Force is a group that consists of local ministers, housing authority manager of Cheraw, area principals, secretaries, and parents. The task force began in 2005 with the purpose of closing the achievement gap between African American Students and other ethnic groups. Realizing that parent involvement is essential to a child’s upbringing, this group goes from door to door to communicate with parents and encourage parental involvement. They have been instrumental throughout the school year in setting up forums to address the following: ADD and ADHD, preparation of the ACT, SAT and PASS tests, gang awareness, enforcing rules, and small group tutoring. Their presence is visible in schools in the Cheraw area. Since their involvement, the achievement gap has narrowed and parental involvement has improved. Both recipients were given recognition for their outstanding commitment to improve their communities.
Certificates of participation were given to the members of the three mentoring groups, Delta Academy, Delta GEMS and EMBODI formerly known as Summit III.
Special appreciation was given to Men of Grace of Grace Temple Fellowship Church, members of Theta Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Lambda Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Through collaborative efforts, these mentoring groups provide positive role modeling and leadership skills for our future leaders.
In keeping with the national theme, “A Sisterhood Called to Serve: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities,” the chapter’s programs are aligned with the sorority’s five point programmatic thrust; Economic Development, Educational Excellence, International Awareness, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. The members of the Bennettsville-Cheraw Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. would like to thank program participants, and the Marlboro, Cheraw, and surrounding communities for support given to make the chapter’s programs the high measure of success that it has become.