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Rensselaer Fraternity Lends Helping Hand to Area Community
Rensselaer is home to 37 fraternities and sororities who participate in various community service projects that benefit the local community. On Oct. 31, members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity (Pikes), along with assistance from other members of Greek life organizations, reached out to the Troy community, hosting two annual events for local elementary schoolchildren and individuals dealing with multiple sclerosis.

More than 40 children from the Unity Sunshine School program, located next door to the fraternity’s chapter house, participated in the annual Fall Harvest event that included activities such as pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, and potato sack races. The goal of the event is to cultivate role models for the young children, according to Mike Beanland, president of the fraternity. In addition, later that evening, the fraternity transformed their building into a haunted house in an effort to raise money for multiple sclerosis. The event raised $800.

For quite some time, the fraternity members have been involved in a series of programs and activities developed especially for young students living and attending school in the City of Troy. Last year, they held a program called Pikes Presents, an event in which they raised money for a public school in downtown Troy and delivered gifts to their classrooms. They also have a mentoring program at a public school in Troy.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 2, Number 19, November 14, 2008
©2008 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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