Beta Theta Chapter of National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., recently held its Teach-A-Rama Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at Nat.’s Airport Ballroom, 12101 South Crenshaw Blvd., Hawthorne, California.
The program began with the Welcome and Purpose of Teach-A-Rama by Basileus, Michelle Morris.
On the program was Miss Brittny Richard, Event Coordinator, who shared a wealth of knowledge and information on the Black College Expo. She explained the purpose of the Black College Expo and how the foundation assists the under-represented communities. The guests were enlightened to learn about the foundation and its many resources.
Beta Theta’s own, Mrs. Brenda Davis Wade introduced the International Project. She discussed in great detail how the project provides water to communities and schools in very remote areas in Sierra Leone, Africa. Donated funds provide supplies to build wells in these areas. The beautifully illustrated, picturesque displays told the story of the plight for potable water.
Miss Jazmine Smith, a seventh grade student from Century Academy Middle School performed a lovely, inspirational praise dance. Jazmine was encouraged with a large round of applause from the guests since this was her very first performance in front of an audience.
Another member from Beta Theta to present was Mrs. Marion St. Amant. Mrs. St. Amant shared Legislative update. She discussed funding for charter schools and its relationship between public schools. This topic always generates many questions and answers.
Our next speaker was Mrs. Willie Watts-Troutman, with the Department of Public Health, Immunization Program who showed a slide presentation on Health and Exercise. She talked of the relationship between exercise and health and how essential the two work together. She stated the benefits of moving, such as, increased oxygen to the cells, lowered blood pressure and heart rate, and reduced levels of stress-related hormones to name a few. All of this discussion was an excellent segway into our final presenter, Mrs. Mari Carmen Torres.
Mrs. Torres communicated to the guests with movement to music. She gave instructions and guided everyone through a medley of arm, leg, and full body exercises, all while using music. Most everyone was up and out of the chair moving to the instructions. It was amazing to see the guests really enjoying themselves, having a good time and exercising. This was a fantastic way to end the program. When the movement to music stopped, the guests were still active.
The program ended with a raffle and a 50/50 drawing. Three lucky winners each won a box of holiday cheer. The winners were: Phillip Taylor, Joanne Anderson and Solomon Harris. The lucky 50/50 winner was Rose Johnson. Guests left with a wealth of information to take back and share and a feeling of accomplishment.