By Samantha Snead
This week is Gamma Sigma Sigma’s service week. Though the sorority promotes service year-round, Service Week allows members to get involved with different kinds of projects and help raise awareness and funds for organizations they identify with. Events were planned nearly every day of the week leading up to the sorority’s Member-in-Training activation on Saturday.
To kick off the week, Gamma Sigma Sigma’s community partner, Healing Strides, brought two horses on campus named Sugarfoot and Honeymoon. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., students could pay two dollars for horse evaluations or one dollar to feed the horses. They raised $60 for Healing Strides and the event was an excellent way to start off the week, as it definitely got the attention of RC students.
Dime Wars began during lunch on Monday, where students and faculty members could donate on behalf of their Roanoke College department. The money raised went to March of Dimes, an organization which funds research to end infant mortality and birth defects.
On Tuesday, the Gamma Sig members set up a table at the lacrosse game where they accepted donations for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer. Students who donated received cups with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand logo and Gamma Sig’s letters.
On Thursday night, Gamma Sig members were invited to meet at Healing Strides at 7:00 p.m. for a Project IMPACT event that challenged participants to learn about their boundaries. It also helped raise awareness for sexual assault.
On Friday, Gamma Sig sponsored a Zumba class, which correlated with the other element of this year’s Project IMPACT theme, Healthy Living.
Finally, Members-in-Training will become fully activated after the activation ceremony, which takes place on Saturday morning. The sorority’s member count will officially jump from just nine members to over fifty, and Gamma Sig’s influence on campus seems like it will only continue to grow.