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Posted: 7/27/2016
Community Working Together
By Staff

Gwinnett County Schools received a generous donation of more than 500 backpacks in July from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), one of the oldest collegiate sororities in the nation.  Established in 1908 at Howard University, AKA has grown to 283,000 members and alumna nationwide.  The organization has a presence on more than 900 colleges and universities, with members easily recognized by a signature pink and green flourish.

Nationwide, AKA sisters set a lofty goal to donate and distribute one million backpacks and related school supplies to students over a four-year period.

A Gwinnett partner representing the Evermore Community Improvement District (CID) also played a role in the project’s success.

“Our mission as a community improvement district (CID) is to make our community a great place to live, work, and shop. CID projects generally focus on transportation and infrastructure, but this was a chance for a business owner to demonstrate that a good community means helping others in time of need.  The multigenerational Patterson Family, owners of Furniture Village and engaged community members for more than four decades, willingly offered to transport donations to Gwinnett for the benefit of children with need,” said Evermore Chairman Chris Garner.

Among the Gwinnett schools receiving backpacks for fall are: Annistown ES; Centerville ES; Shiloh ES; Norton ES; Partee ES; WC Britt ES; Summerour MS; and Lovin ES.


The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit 501C3 charitable organization dedicated to enhancing and expanding the academic initiatives of Gwinnett students. To learn more call 678-301-6077 or visit

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