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Alpha Phi Alpha Donates 1,000 Masks to Troup County Schools

Alpha Phi Alpha Donates 1,000 Masks to Troup County Schools

Jared Boggs


Back to school just got a little easier for two Troup County elementary schools courtesy of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. On Thursday, the LaGrange-seated Theta Nu Lambda Chapter donated 500 masks each to Berta Weathersbee and Ethel W. Kight Elementary Schools. Fraternity representative Bryant Moton distributed the masks to the schools Thursday morning.

It’s a move, Moton said, that falls in line with the fraternity’s history of giving back to schools in Troup and surrounding counties.

“We usually do a book drive at the start of the school year,” he explained, adding that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused a change in plans. “This year, we decided to do a mask donation instead.”

Current TCSS regulations require students to wear masks both in school and on school buses—and for the most part, Berta Weathersbee students are following protocol.

“99% of our students keep their masks on without any problems,” Berta Weathersbee Principal Willie Cooks said at the donation. Some children, he explained, may lose their masks or come to school without them—so having a supply of masks on hand allows school staff to help ensure that all students have mask access.

Thursday’s mask donation by Alpha Phi Alpha strengthens the supply of reserve masks at both Berta and Ethel Kight so that both schools can better serve students in need.

Two Berta Weathersbee fifth-graders, Da’niyah Bruce and Zion Davis, attended Thursday’s mask giveaway along with Principal Willie Cooks and Alpha Phi Alpha representative Bryant Moton. Sporting masks of their own, Bruce and Davis joined with other Berta Weathersbee students and staff to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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