Grambling State University campus has been rebuilt for the future but one area was forgotten, the Charles P. Adams Park. The Beta Omega chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho and its president, Danielle Jackson, saw this and knew that the pretty poodles would be able to shape it back into great condition.
The task was put before them three weeks before Founder’s Day, so there was much work to be done in limited time.
The park’s grass was overgrown. Weeds were everywhere, and the paint was tarnished.
Within those three weeks of working on this service, the Beta Omega chapter was able to paint the railings, clean out the fountain, convince facilities to cut the grass and chip old paint off the gazebo.
Knowing that they could only do so much, they gave letters to the community for help and donations.
Facilities not only donated hard work and time but they also donated paint and supplies in assisting with this project.
Grambling Mayor Martha W. Andrus also favored this project and donated funds to assist.
Even though there is still much work to be done, the Sigma ladies prepared the park well enough for presentation.
“I feel the most important thing was that we as true sisters came together to complete a project for the betterment of our community,” said Cietra Stroughter, a junior childhood education major and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.
This service was recognized by the community and rededicated on Sept. 28 for Founder’s Day. Mayor Martha W. Andrus was invited to make an appearance and officially open the park by cutting the ribbon.
“We wanted somewhere where the community and the students of Grambling could come and unite, although this is the first large project that the Beta Omega Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho has taken on, as president I will see to it that this will not be the last,” said chapter president Jackson, a senior art major.
Sigma Gamma Rhos believe in “Greater Service, Greater Progress.” This service to the campus and community was needed for the university and in reverence of the university’s founder Charles P. Adams.