Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 1, January 20, 2012
*   Troy Elementary School Kids Receive Special Gifts From Pikes
Photo by Daria Robbins

Troy Elementary School Kids Receive Special Gifts From Pikes

At the end of the fall semester, prior to taking finals, members of the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pikes) fraternity carved out time to pass out more than 400 gifts to students in Public School 2 in Troy, as part of their annual “Pikes Presents” initiative.

Fraternity members raised $5,000 to purchase toys that included remote-controlled cars, dolls, basketballs, footballs, race cars, bracelet-making kits, board games, arts and crafts kits, and action figures. More than 50 members of the fraternity helped 400 Troy elementary school students get a head start on the holidays through the “Pikes Presents” initiative.

For the past seven years, the Pikes have coordinated this event, raising more than $20,000 dollars to purchase gifts for the children of the school.

The fraternity members say that the goal of these initiatives is to cultivate role models for the young children and also to give back to the community. They also have a mentoring program at Public School 2, and work with students enrolled in programs at the Unity Sunshine School and the Troy Boys and Girls Club.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, Number 1, January 20, 2012
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