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Post gives donation in Okeke’s honor

When assistant principal Gayla Edwards Okeke passed away due to cancer, her death hit Selma High School hard.

The students at the school decided to

hold a fund-raising drive to honor her memory.

Thursday, the Boy Scouts of America Adventurer Post 2270, based at the school, presented the American Cancer Society with a $300 check in Okeke’s honor.

Okeke’s daughter, Ijeoma, a student at the school, presented the check to Pam Bostick with the American Cancer Society. She is also the chairman of the project.

Bostick said she was touched by the students’ gesture.

At the brief ceremony where Bostick was handed the check, the members of the post unfurled a large pink ribbon made of paper in honor of fighting cancer.

The members of the post are Alftan Turner, president; Amber Anderson, vice president; Jasmine Woodson, recording secretary; Robyn Carter, corresponding secretary; Mary Hak, treasurer; Dawanna Powell, chaplain; Shafi Burden, parliamentarian; Latoya Conner, sergeant at arms; Angela Williams, public relations; and David Daniel, projects director.

Other members include Tiffany Brown, Bayley Dawson, Andrea Gosa, Veronica Gray, Jemargus Ward, Chelsea Guthridge, Rodney Holmon, Tyease Jones, Emily McMillian, John Towns, Matese Towns, Kendra Jordan, Zakiya Varner, Carl Craig, Dishon Williams, Charmeca Davis, Jasmine Williams, Veronica Pitts and Shedra Martin.

Claudia Wright, the post’s adviser, said this is the first of several service projects that the group will be doing for the school year. The next will be a blood drive that will be held next week.