The SMART Academy evolved from a mentoring program at Toney Elementary that was initiated several years ago through the efforts of KAA members Genard Medley, a coach and Health/PE Teacher at Toney Elementary, and Project Uplift President, Ron Shinault. This program began as a Saturday morning tutorial program with a few students in 2000. The improved test scores that resulted, peaked interest in the Saturday morning tutorial and led to a request to expand the program and establish the SMART Academy .
When the SMART Academy began, more than 200 students enrolled in the program. Today, attendance has exceeded 50 students per week and continues to thrive due to the voluntary support of parents, the community , and members of KAA. Scheduled activity days have included a Science and Technology Day, An Outdoor Experience, which included a demonstration from the Buffalo Soldiers, and a variety of Drama/Theater presentations.
Project Uplift and the KAA Chapter’s long association with Toney Elementary School has led the Chapter to be formerly designated as Toney’s Partner in Education by the Partners in Education Foundation of the DeKalb County School System.
Other KAA and Project Uplift activities on behalf of Toney include:
- A fully-funded annual motor coach trip to Historically Black Colleges and points of African American historical significance that includes students from neighboring Wadsworth Elementary School;
- A donation of $ 6000 for a classroom library program;
- Sponsorship of an annual “Turkey Bowl” football game between Toney and Wadsworth;
- Sponsorship of the Annual Black History Program;
- Participation in the annual MVP honors day program.
In its efforts to continue to enrich the lives of students at Toney Elementary School, the members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Kappa Alpha Alpha Chapter and Project Uplift Inc. continue to seek volunteers for its many activities. For more information on how you can become involved contact us by e-mail at email@example.com.
HBCU/ Black Historical Site Visits
- 2004- Savannah State University ( Savannah, GA)/ Tybee Island
- 2003- Albany State University ( Albany, GA)
- 2002- Paine College ( Augusta, GA)/ Laney Walker Museum ( Augusta, GA)
- 2001- Fort Valley State University (Ft. Valley, GA)/ Harriet Tubman Museum (Macon, GA) 2000- Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (Tuskegee, AL)/ Geo. Washington Carver Museum
- 1999- Alabama A&M University ( Huntsville, AL)/ Geo. Marshall NASA Space Center/ Air & Space Museum
- 1998- Miles College ( Birmingham, AL)/ Civil Rights Museum/ 6 th St Baptist Church
- 1997- Tuskegee Univ. ( Tuskegee, AL)/ Geo. Washington Carver Museum
Through the Project Uplift Foundation, the 501(c) 3 arm of the KAA Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., deserving high school students in DeKalb County have been awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships at the Annual Scholarship Dance held in October each year. The Scholarship Ball is one of the many annual fundraising activities sponsored by the Foundation to assist Project Uplift in providing resources to the community.
The criteria are:
- Male resident of DeKalb County who has excelled academically and positively contributed to his community.
- Financial need.