More than 1,200 Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members visit Charleston

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority hand out bookbags Thursday at Mary C. Snow Elementary School. (WCHS/WVAH)

More than 1,200 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority are in Charleston this week providing services for communities across the area.

On Thursday, members handed out bookbags at Mary C. Snow Elementary School. What brought them to the area is the organization’s 87th Great Lakes Regional Conference.

The sorority was founded by an educator, and education is AKA’s primary focus.

Members also spoke to students Thursday about the organization's projects.

"Here we're donating backpacks today, as well as talking to children about the community garden, another big initiative of ours worldwide," Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, international president of AKA.

Members will be honored for their level of commitment at a meeting Friday.

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