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Fraternity House Becomes Back-To-School Headquarters

Tom Flanigan

Alumni members of a Florida A&M fraternity hosted a back to school party for their neighborhood on Saturday. The Kappa Alpha Psi house on Wailes Street became a one-stop-shop for a wide range of needs.

Michael Johnson chaired the Kappa Kares event.

"Our promise is to make sure that we're not just an appearance in the community, but we also want to make sure the community feels our presence and impact the masses as far as we can."

Which is why Johnson said he and his brothers took a more holistic approach to the back-to-school happening.

"Outside of doing the free school supplies, haircuts, book bags and whatnot, because the children were here, we knew the parents were going to be here."

So the fraternity turned the occasion into a community services fair, with a voter registration booth, health screenings, the county library and discounted communication services for low-income residents. Johnson added the plan is to greatly expand next year's back-to-school party to reach even more area residents.