AKA Sorority completes tree-planting project

Volunteer Dave Cortesi from Canopy.org instructs AKA Sorority members Joy Scott and chapter president Megan McKoy in the planting of a tree in Escondido Village at Stanford.
Volunteer Dave Cortesi from Canopy.org instructs AKA Sorority members Joy Scott and chapter president Megan McKoy in the planting of a tree in Escondido Village at Stanford.

Earlier this quarter, members of the Stanford chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. completed a project that resulted in the planting of more than 40 trees in Escondido Village.

Alpha Kappa Alpha, founded in Washington, D.C., in 1908, is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women. 

In 2013, the national organization launched a campaign to recruit and train environmental leaders at colleges and universities across the country through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and the sponsorship of Toyota.  Earlier,  Alpha Kappa Alpha worked with the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota on a series of campus tree-plantings primarily on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities.

“The partnership supports Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s programmatic theme: Global leadership through timeless service,” MEGAN MCKOY, president of the Xi Beta Chapter at Stanford, wrote in an email.

McKoy, a senior majoring in history, added that the chapter worked with Canopy, a local nonprofit dedicated to planting and protecting trees, to get Stanford’s Tree Campus Certification, a program of the Arbor Day Foundation that recognizes campuses that effectively engage students in managing and planting trees.

In addition, Alpha Kappa Alpha graduate members and more than 50 Stanford volunteers helped the 12 Xi Beta chapter members plant 44 pear flower trees and an avocado tree.

— BY ELAINE RAY