The other children sitting on the carpet in Diana Holley's first-grade classroom at Gilmor Elementary School on Friday wiggled and squirmed and laughed and whispered. But Briana Diggs stayed still.
Her chin rested in the palm of her hands. Her eyes upturned toward the Alpha Kappa Alpha volunteer as she read a story to the children. To Briana, she was the lead character in the book, "Boys Will Be Boys: Briana's Neighborhood."
The act of reading to children, allowing them to see themselves in the stories, and modeling behavior of an engaged adult was the objective for Johnnie Colisha` Searcy, one of 1,000 sorority sisters in Baltimore for the weekend to perform more than a dozen service projects throughout the city.
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