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Posted: December 9, 2014

Fraternity Donates Dozens of Coats to Ernie Pyle MS

Graduate members of Alpha Phi Alpha also donated coats to the APS Community Clothing Bank.

Their college days are over, but graduate members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity haven’t forgotten what it means to be a student.

Several members of the Albuquerque graduate chapter of the APA fraternity gathered at Ernie Pyle Middle School to donate dozens of warm winter coats to students there, as well as the APS Community Clothing Bank.

“There’s just no adequate way to thank the Iota Psi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha because this donation came from the goodness of their hearts – and their community spirit,” said APS Education Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “People like this are critical to helping all our students, but particularly those in need.”

Members of the chapter -- including  Aubrey Johnson, Vincent Baty, Thomas Henderson and chapter president Dr. Jonathan Madison -- donated the coats at Ernie Pyle. They also set aside some coats for students who ask for assistance from the Clothing Bank.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded on the campus of Cornell University on December 4, 1906. It was the first African-American Greek lettered organization. Some of the more prominent members of the fraternity include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, jazz immortal Duke Ellington, plus noted coaches Eddie Robinson and Lenny Wilkins and ESPN anchor Stuart Scott.

Iota Psi Lambda  was founded in 1971 and has been serving the Albuquerque community for over 40 years. The chapter has several local as well as national programs that support the aims of the fraternity. 

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