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Georgia Southern Lambda Alpha Honor Society Raises Money for Hurricane Relief

Last October, Lambda Alpha Honor Society and Anthropological Society students from Georgia Southern University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology raised more than $600 in a hurricane-relief fundraiser for the Virgin Islands (USVI), after Hurricanes Irma and Maria left a devastating trail of destruction along the Atlantic coast.

The chapter chose to raise funds for My Brother’s Workshop (MBW), a Virgin Islands nonprofit charitable organization that assists at-risk youth in becoming positive members of society through mentoring, counseling, training, education and job placement. MBW members dedicated weeks to providing free, hot meals for residents following the storms.

“One of the reasons I wanted to help with this fundraiser was because my professor, Lambda Alpha Faculty Advisor Jennifer Sweeney Tookes, Ph.D., has done a lot of research in the USVI,” said Lambda Alpha Honor Society President Kendra Cooper. “I saw what it meant to her to help those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and wanted to get Lambda Alpha and the Anthropological Society involved. It took a lot of planning and work, but I’m proud of what both groups were able to accomplish.”

For weeks, students collected money selling doughnuts, sweets and drinks on the Statesboro Campus.

Lambda Alpha was founded with the purpose of encouraging scholarship and research in anthropology. To learn more about the chapter, visit http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/socianth/anthropology/students/.

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