Delta Phi Omega sorority presents first ever “Literacy Through Unity Week”

by Nickalas Tabbert

 The University of Minnesota colony of the Delta Phi Omega sorority is holding its first annual "Literacy Through Unity Week" to help promote children's literacy.

The colony was established in May of last year and has been building towards the philanthropy event.

Here is a snapshot of this week's activities:

On Monday, the group hosted "Are You Smarter Than  a 5th Grader?" at STSS.  Participants answered questions in science, math, and english  suited for 5th graders – similar to the format of the TV show – to promote literacy.

Tuesday they will be back at STSS for a movie and discussion about the public education system in America.  The movie Waiting for "Superman" explores ways in which the American public education system may be failing our nation's children.  Show time is 6:30 p.m. 

On Wednesday Delta Phi Omega will continue the support of children's literacy, selling cake pops at Moos Tower during the mid-day hours and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in east St. Paul from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Thursday, proceeds from purchases at Tea Garden on Washington Ave. will benefit CARE, the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.  The beneficiary is selected by the national chapter of Delta Phi Omega, said colony member Behiye Kodal.

The chapter is accepting donations of children's books and financial contributions to benefit CARE.  Donations can be dropped off at any of the chapter's events or by contacting a sister.

Delta Phi Omega also works with national organizations Pratham and Asha For Education for philanthropy events, Kodal said.