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Children appreciate Greek Week

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Pan-Hellenic Greek Week was a success. The youth who attended expressed their appreciation by saying how much they enjoyed the programs and activities. They said they had fun and were grateful for the information shared during the week. More than 80 children participated during the weeklong activities.
On Monday night, the children heard from presenters and speakers – Johnnie Dewese, retired teacher from Lancaster City schools; the Rev. AnThony Pelham of Faith, Hope and Victory Church; and the Rev. DeMarkus Thompson, a military recruiter.
The speakers on Thursday night were Dr. Patsy K. Rucker, a Lancaster dentist; and Keith DeLoatch, Onestop coordinator for Lancaster SC Works.
They all were dynamic speakers, touching on teen safety, dating etiquette, career exploration, civic engagements, health and political awareness.
On Wednesday, the children participated in community and public service projects. They visited patients in nursing homes, including White Oak Manor and the Convalescent Center, where they talked, read stories and sang. They collected perishable food items for HOPE in Lancaster Inc. and clothing for Christian Services. They visited Habitat for Humanity’s new location at Meeting and Penny streets. They also attended a Bible study service and encouraged residents to register to vote.
The week ended with a picnic at the Municipal Justice Center on Friday. The guest speaker was Eugene “Gene” Banks, the former Duke basketball All-American and NBA star from Washington, D.C. That was the highlight for the week. Banks shared his own story and encouraged the children to seek their own dreams, be respectful, resilient, try  hard, practice, work and have faith and belief in themselves.
The Pan-Hellenic Council is very grateful for all the help given by volunteer leaders, businesses and other civic workers.

Jessie J. Shannon
Lancaster