The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 11
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Working with the Denton State School,
helping organizations in the community and
raising money for their national philanthropies
were some of the ways greeks performed the
service activities required by their national
chapters. Each greek organization had a philan-
thropy that members from each chapter around
the country raised money to help. In addition to
helping their national philanthropy, the sorori-
ties and fraternities on campus helped many
different segments of the community such as
homes for senior citizens, the retarded and chil-
During the fall semester, Alpha Phi's mem-
bers visited Metroplex daycares to instruct chil-
dren on being "streetsmart." They carried out a
theme for the holiday of the month and per-
formed sing alongs and played games with the
"Our focus was on the heart because the
American Heart Association is our national
philanthropy. We passed out coloring books
that helped them to understand what was good
for them," said the Alpha Phi chairperson, Mea
But fulfilling their service requirements was
not the only thing that greeks achieved by help-
ing out. The feelings they had afterwards had an
effect on them.
"I felt great just seeing the looks on their
faces. They were so eager to learn and to sing
and dance with you. It was so good to be able
to help out and then take the money we made
and turn around and give it to people who need
a heart transplant," Arden said.
As an active member of a sorority, members
were required to do one philanthropy activity
per semester. The pledge classes were required
to do two activities. Delta Zeta's pledge class
had a carnival with a harvest theme for the
children at the Cumberland Presbyterian Chil-
"I feel that kids have a special place in the
world, but they are often overlooked. I wanted
to do something so that they would feel like
they belonged. The lady in charge said that they
are still talking about it today. It was a lot of
work, but it was worth it," said Delta Zeta
pledge class philanthropy chairperson Lyn
In October, all of the fraternity and sorority
pledge classes came together to work at a ho-
down for the Denton State School. As they
arrived at the school, the pledges stood in line
and were assigned a resident to escort around
the carnival. There were booths the greeks had
organized for the residents as well as dances and
skits that were created and performed by the
sororities and fraternities. Each year, the greeks
worked together to organize the carnival which
varied in theme from a Halloween celebration
to this year's county fair.
"It was sad at first to see the situation that
these people were in, but I felt good afterwards
when I saw how I had helped. This is the main
thing that happens for them every year and it
was good of the greeks to do it for them," said
Pi Kappa Alpha pledge class member Mike
These service projects not only helped the
Denton community, but also gave the greeks
participating in them the satisfaction of know-
ing that they made a difference.
During the Cumberland Halloween Carnival,
Sharla Ashby gives a lesson on the fine art of
bobbing for apples.
Although not a registered fraternity, the Del-
ta Lodge donates money from its activities,
such as the Haunted House, to charity.
During a visit to Freedmore Daycare, Cathy
Gates of Alpha Phi Omega helps Carlos put
together a puzzle.
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