Donations will be accepted through November 30, 2021
We all know the Thanksgiving Holiday is coming up fast. Prices of basic necessities and groceries have skyrocketed around the country since the beginning of the pandemic. Many families do not have the discretionary income to cover the additional costs of a special holiday meal. As such, we are collecting donations to provide holiday food packages to local families in need. We have partnered with the DC Housing Authority, Office of Residence Services. The DCHA has designated families that are most in need in four different housing developments: King Greenleaf Apartments, James Creek Apartments, Sypax Gardens, and Greenleaf Extension all of which are in our footprint of SouthWest were we have our Annual Community Day.
August 9, 2018 WASHINGTON (ABC7) — With a mission to serve the DC community, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated joined forces to provide free resources for families in The Nations Capital. Area Director Thomas Davis joined us along with Vice President of Programming Toni M. Harper to share the importance of community and where you can get in on the fun this weekend. [Video is from ABC7-WJLA and photos are compliments of friends and partners of Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter]
2018 Preakness Day Party
May 19, 2018 WASHINGTON - The Preakness Day Party committee and the Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter, would like to thank all of those that attended the 4th Annual Preakness Day Party! This year the Day Party was held at UltraBar located at 911 F Street, NW. Gentlemen were in full force in their seersucker suits and the ladies definitely were in the house with their sundresses. We had four hours of door prizes, giveaways, and dancing to the sounds of EZ Street. [Photos are compliments of HumbleVision]
A hearty welcome to the “5 Aspects of Chaos.”
On Sunday afternoon, March 1, 2015, Omicron Eta Lambda had the pleasure of welcoming into its ranks and the Brotherhood of Alpha Phi Alpha five new Brothers. For purposes of this intake, OHL was made a part of the Area III IMDP Cluster process under the leadership of Chief Dean Ricardo McCrary. The initiates were brought into Alpha under the new 3-week IMDP process. In spite of some challenging weather throughout the IMDP period, the new Brothers were strongly supported and assisted by the Brothers of OHL.
The line has been given the name “5 Aspects of Chaos.” The initiates in line order are:
André Swann (line name “Sobek”),
Breon Ra’shad Blount (line name “Geb”),
Ronald Lee Morgan (line name “Shu”),
Glenn Arthur Isaac, Sr., (line name “Mafdet”), and
Keithlyn Stephen Warner (line name “Bes”).
These Brothers are eager to begin the work of Alpha. We look forward to working and growing them in Alpha Phi Alpha.
Justice For All
December 14th, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC: The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated converged to join thousands from all over the world to march for justice in Washington DC. The tragedies of Trayvon Martin, Micheal Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and others inspired the brothers from the DC and Baltimore areas, including Eastern Region Vice President R. Anthony Mills, to take the stand that there should be justice for all and that black lives matter. From 10:30am-3:00pm, marchers joined in chants of "Hands Up, Don't Shoot", "Black Lives Matter", and "Justice for All" as the message of unity rang from Freedom Plaza to the steps of the Capital Building. The event promises to not just be a one time show, but a catalyst for people and organizations to begin to address the issues in all our communities.
A Life Ends... The Legacy Begins December 6, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC: That was the atmosphere of the Celebration of Life for our Brother Marion Barry. Brothers assembled at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library and processed two by two to the Washington Convention for the Public program. 100s of Alpha’s some from as far away as California said their final goodbyes to a Civil Right icon, Brother of Alpha and Mayor for Life. Led by Brother and CouncilMember Vincent Orange and Eastern Regional Vice President R. Anthony Mills provided an Omega Chapter proclamation from General President Tillman and performed the Omega Service. Brother Barry was initiated at the Beta Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on the campus of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Many local and National dignitaries gave small snippets on how Barry influenced their lives or the lives of others. The Minister Louis Farrakhan reminded us that sometimes we are sent to this earth to be servants to more than just our families, highlighted the program.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife Cora Barry, his son Christopher, Gloria Driver his only surviving sister, and a great host of friends, Brothers and supporters.
OHL teams up with Xi Omega for SOME
December 5, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC: What has turned into a yearly tradition continue on as Omicron Eta Lambda teamed up with the Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority here in Washingotn, DC to participate in the 1,906 Food Drive. SOME is an interfaith community based organization in NorthWest Washington that exist to help the poor and homeless. They meet the immediate needs of the people they serve with food, clothing and healthcare. OHL has been donating to SOME for nearly 10 years during Alpha Week; and this year we surpassed the goal of 1,906. brother weather the rain and cold and made the anual donation right on schedule on Giving Tuesday.
OHL is now in the App World
Omicron Eta Lambda has announced their involvement with Guidebook. Guidebook is a mobile app that will combine and deliver all of our events, activities and program reminder right to your mobile devise. You can be connected in just 7 simple steps… (1) download the guidebook app, from the Apple Store or Android Marketplace, (2) select the "download guidebooks" icon, (3) select the "redeem code" icon, (4) type the code: sept185, (5) click the attendee icon, (6) enjoy the schedule of OHL events through December, (7) add photos of the brotherhood, post onto OHL Facebook and Twitter page, and create your own schedule from the OHL scheduled events.
Southwest Community Day 2014
Lansburgh Park - 1098 Delaware Ave. SW, Washington DC
Saturday, August 30, 2014
The Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be back in Southwest for our 2nd annual community day. Please feel free to bring your families, children, friends, and guests to our event.
Scope: The community day event will feature a blood drive, voters registration drive, school supply distribution, and a various health vendors that will be providing HIV/Aids testing, Diabetes and high blood pressure Screenings, and giving other relevant health information. This is a great way for us to engage the community to determine their needs and how we as a chapter are able to address those needs. We will have a DJ, food, moon bounce, horse rides, snow cone machines and other attractions for our families in the South West community.
May 31, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC: The Brothers of Omicron Eta Lambda for the third year in a row teamed up with the UN-Women [National Capital Chapter] to participate in the 5K walk to end violence against women and children. The walk began at the Tenleytown Metro station and proceeded down Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues amidst the various embassies of the world to show support to end the violence against women and children. Recent statistics have said that “around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.” Event organizer and Director of USNC-UN Women Susan Cutri said that the help the fraternity has done in the past is always welcomed and, “ We would appreciate your help – with signs, photos, a table at DuPont Circle and anything else you think of;” and that is exactly what the Brothers did. Led by President Davis the Brothers were in full force with signs and banners, the chapter along with other supporters paused at the various embassies that have recognized the epidemic that faces women and girls and acknowledge their efforts. The walk ended at Thomas Foolery, a popular eatery and ice cream parlor in Dupont Circle. Thomas Foolery was also a contributing sponsor of the walk with providing refreshments at the conclusion of the walk. Click HERE for the Photo Gallery.
OHL Brothers Celebrate the Holidays with a Toy Drive
December 24, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC: OHL brothers donated over 300 toys and celebrated the holidays with children at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center in Southwest Washington, DC. The brothers served as Santa’s Helpers and assisted the children as they selected new clothes, footballs, basketballs, games, dolls, and other toys. The children had a wonderful time visiting the coloring station, working in the computer room, and playing basketball and tag in the gym. The Brothers prepared food for the party and the children and the King Greenleaf staff enjoyed fresh popped popcorn, hotdogs, cake, and other goodies. Brother Delonte’ Eaton coordinated this event with the staff at King Greenleaf Recreation Center. “It was great spreading holiday cheer and spending time with the kids. Every kid left King Greenleaf with a new toy for Christmas this year. We hope that we can continue this toy drive for years to come” said Brother Eaton. Brother Cooley contributed to this story. Click HERE for full Photo Gallery.
1,906 Food Drive
December 6, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC: For the second time in as many years Omicron Eta Lambda has teamed up with the Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority here in Washingotn, DC to participate in the annual 1,906 Food Drive. The ladies of Xi Omega and the Brothers of OHL emerged at SOME (So Others Might Eat - 61 "O" Street, NW) on Thursday, December 5, 2013 to make the donation of nonperishable and new toiletries. SOME is an interfaith community based organization in Washington, DC that exists to help the poor and homeless. They meet the immediate needs of the people they serve with food, clothing and healthcare. OHL has been donating to SOME for over 5 years during Alpha Week; and have surpassed the goal of 1,906 each and every year; this year they surpassed 4,500 items to re-stock the food pantries at SOME in efforts to help eradicate hunger in Washington, DC. Pictured are members of Xi Omega and Omicron Eta Lambda.
A Night of Comedy 2013
December 4, 2013: WASHINGTON, DC: Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha hosted a performance by esteemed comedian and social commentator Brother Dick Gregory at the DC Improv Club. Brother Gregory is 81 years old but you'd never know it based on his social commentary, comedic insights and the sometimes graphic profanity. The crowd really enjoyed him and the performance ended with a standing ovation. A Night of Comedy was co sponsored by the Chapter as well as the Education Fondation and the funds raised will be used to support the educational initiavies of both the chapter and the foundation. One of those initiatives is providing scholarships for graduating seniors of the Disctict of Columbia.
For those that took pictures at A Night of Comedy we would like to include them in our photo slide show, please forward them to bryan1906[at]aol.com Please give your name in the email correspondence so that we may give full and proper credit to the photographer.
On Saturday November 9, 2013, the brothers of Omicron Eta Lambda chapter welcomed six new brothers from the line “Mission Impossible,” into the House of Alpha. The new brothers shepherded by Chapter Dean Brother Ryle Bell are Brothers Joseph Thompson, Sherard Cooley, Earl Johnson Jr., Damiyan Sherman, Sahr Bockai Jr.,and Justin Holliman.
This new cohort of brothers was admitted through the IMDP process and was a part of a conglomerate cluster of Areas 4, 5 and 6 which convened in Baltimore, Maryland at the Delta Lambda chapter house. Thirty seven candidates from chapters in Delaware, The Eastern Shore of Maryland, Baltimore, Columbia Maryland and Washington, DC were initiated from the cluster.
Many thanks go out to several chapter brothers who supported the process, particularly, Brothers Davis, Spears, Huntley, Foushee, Nolen, Drayton, Armstrong and Pierce who made the weekly drive to Baltimore and were present for most of if not all of the sessions.
The new brothers were accorded a chapter orientation program on Wednesday December 13, 2013 at the Howard University College of Dentistry where several brothers discussed brotherhood, chapter operations, Alpha protocol and programs. The new brothers have all volunteered for and have been assigned chapter committees in which to function and are off to a good start in terms of chapter involvement.
In spite of the chaotic and haphazard inception of the program, the brothers of Omicron Eta Lambda chapter along with Chapter Dean Ryle Bell have prepared and presented a strong cadre of men to do the work of Alpha through the Omicron Eta Lambda chapter. Kudos to all who took the time to involve themselves in this necessary process.
Step Your Game Up 2014
On February 1st, 2014 the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Nu Beta Chapter will be hosting their 17th Annual Scholarship Step Show: Step Your Game Up at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC. The step competition will feature representatives from various multicultural Greek-letter organizations. A portion of the proceeds will be awarded to two deserving high school seniors in DC through the Black Genesis Scholarship Fund. As in the past, the show will serve as a means of education, entertainment and community service. For tickets visit Listner Auditorium website or click HERE.
Prostate Cancer Study - Please Respond
Recent studies have shown that Black men are more likely to die from prostate cancer than their White counterparts. There is still much research to be conducted regarding our community to address the health disparities that we are combating. The following study is a step among many to determine how the Black community can create a healthier and more knowledgeable understanding about the diseases that affect us.
Devlon N. Jackson, a Howard University, PhD Candidate, is conducting a study to determine the discussions that Black men are having with their primary health care providers about PSA testing - a blood test that is used to screen for prostate cancer. If you are a:
• Black man
• 40 years-of-age or older
• Visited your health care provider in the past 12 months and
• Live in the DMV area (District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia),
…we want to hear from you by completing a brief, anonymous questionnaire. You can access and complete this 5-7 minute questionnaire by clicking the link below or copying and pasting the link into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HU_PSATest
June 15, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC: OHL Chapter hosted their annual Neophye/Awards banquet with much fanfare. The reception started with two selection performance from BET Sunday's Best participant Clifton Ross III. Congratulations to all of the Brothers recognized this year for their contributions to the chapter especially this year's chapter award recipients Brother of the Year: Brother James Huntley; Outstanding Achievement: Brother Shawn Murray; Meritorious Achievement:Brother James Ganzy.
The chapter also presented three DC High School seniors with our Nathaniel Allison Murray Scholarship, the scholarship is named after one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha, Nathaniel A. Murray who taught at Armstrong Vocational High School in the District of Columbia.
This year's recipients of $1000 are:
Brian White (Friendship Collegiate Academy) University of San Diego
Marcus Andrews (School withourt Walls) The George Washington University
Debonhei Reed (Anacostia High School) Bethune Cookman University*
*First recipient of our newly designated Norris Carey Award
OHL Announces 2013 Holiday Toy Drive
We are rapidly approaching the holiday season and more importantly, the time of year when OHL gives back. Not only do we participate in the "1906 Canned Food Drive," but we also collect toys for those families with children who are less fortunate. The "1906 Canned Food Drive," is on its way and now it’s time to begin collecting new unwrapped toys for children from age’s newborn - 13. In keeping with our commitment to Southwest Washington DC, this year we will be partnering with the King Greenleaf Recreation Center.
We are asking that anyone that is reading this to donate at least one toy [OHL Brothers 7], preferably unisex. We will be distributing the toys as well as participating in the Greenleaf Neighborhood Holiday Celebration on Monday, December 23, 2013. Should you wish to donate please contat Brother Delonte Eatonat Delontee1[at]gmail.com or Brother Fletcher Craig at flcraig1[at]gmail.com to schedule a pick-up. Click on Thumbnail for a Printable Flyer
92nd General Convention
June 26, 2013 - AUSTIN, TX: "Few in Numbers, Mighty in Power, Influence in Service" the 92nd General Convention was an excellent example of what the House of Alpha has to offer, fellowship at its best. 17 chapter brothers gathered in Austin in support of the ideals of Alpha. Alpha East received several awards in addition to having our Miss Black and Gold representative selected as the overall winner. One of this year's highlight's was General President Tillman's impromptu step exhibition. 2015s General Convention will be located in Charlotte North Carolina, please start saving and preparing.
Brothers at the Ballpark
June 20, 2013 - Washington, DC: The OHL Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity hosted their annual "Brothers at the Ballpark" event. The Washington Nationals tok the series opener against the Colorado Rockies 5-1. Nat's star pitcher Jordan Zimmermann had a amazing night, he struck out nine, walked one and allowed just six hits.
Alpha breaks the Silence on Violence
June 1, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC: For the second year in a row OHL traded their Black and Old Gold for Purple as they teamed up with UN Women National Capital Chapter for its annual walk to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls. This year the chapter raised over $800 to raise awareness of violence against women and girls around the world. From the plight of Syrian women refugees to the recent high profile cases of rape against women in India and Brazil, these cases only underscore the need for continued education and action to ensure the safety of women and girls everywhere. This year’s the 5K walk started in Arlington, VA (Gateway Park) and went through Washington, D.C. where it ended in at Dupont Circle. Brother Hill one of the chapter organizers saisd that, "Having 4 daughters, a loving wife and a few nieces this epidemic that plaques us is near and dear to my heart walking for this cause was a no brainer. For more information on UN Women visit their website by clicking HERE.
Spring 2013: The 4 Elements of Ra
March 24, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC: Under the guidance of Dean Nolen Omicron Eta Lambda initiated "The 4 Elements of Ra" into the 618th House of Alpha. Congratulations are in Order for Eddie Holiday (Du Process), Delonte Eaton (Montu: God of War), Curtis Carswell (Tim3x), and Jake Jason Lee (Phrozen Poet). Brother Nolen would like to extend an Alpha welcome to the Brothers of the chapter that came out to support the the new brothers in this long arduous process.
"Top 30 Under 30" 2013: Chaz Gipson
February 1, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC: 93.9 WKYS in Washington DC ask it's listeners to send in their nominations for the Top 30 Under 30 in the DMV for 2013 and we’ve chosen the best and the brightest young African-Americans in the area to make the list. And our very own Brother Chaz Gipson made the list.
Brother Chaz Tremaine Gipson is a Teaching Associate at Howard University School of Communications. At 25, Mr. Gipson is the youngest educator at Howard University where he teaches undergraduate courses in Communication & Culture studies. In addition to teaching, he has served as a Pathway Fellow at the U.S Department of Education in the office of Post-Secondary Education and has worked closely with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Higher Education Programs and the National Student Service Director. Chaz has contributed to the development and management of policy and grants involving daily operation of outreach programs including the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement, Upward Bound Math-Science, Talent Search, GEAR-UP, to name a few, which are all designed to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and persons with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
Nathaniel A. Murray Scholarship [Deadline: April 1]
The brothers of the Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated are proud to announce our 2013 Nathaniel A. Murray Scholarship Contest presented by the Omicron Eta Lambda Education Foundation. The Contest will recognize talented students from the District of Columbia who will begin their college education in the fall of 2013. Applications will be available at all District of Columbia High Schools and HERE on October 1, 2012.
Manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind are the aims of our fraternity. In keeping with the organization’s principles, the Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., annually awards several scholarships to eligible senior high school students [both male and female] enrolled in District of Columbia public schools. The scholarship is named after one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha, Nathaniel A. Murray, who taught at Armstrong Vocational High School in the District of Columbia.
We welcome applications from well-rounded young students who have excellent character, proven leadership skills, and demonstrated academic achievement (a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or greater.)
OG DeathEaters Capture OHL Bowl
January 1, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC: Adrian Peterson scored 31 points in route to OHL Bowl I MVP honors as the OG DeathEaters toppled MasAttack II 215-184 in the Inagural Season of the OHL Fantasy Football League.
The victory over the MasAttack II (owned by Tony Randall) marks the first football championship for the DeathEaters (Ray Spears). Both teams represented the Old Gold Conference where they finished first and second respectfully. The Black Conference's Champion RR10 (Reggie Romaine) lost in the Semi Finals to MasAttack II.
The winner of the Bottom Cellar Award which is awared to the team that finished at the bottom of the final standings goes to Team Wright (Andre Wright) who ended the 2012 season with a record of 5-8. Final Standings after playoff games: OG DeathEaters 9-4 (Spears), MasAttack 8-5 (Randall), RR10 7-6 (Romaine), Uptown X-Men 8-5 (Yarborough), DC Phrozen Snipers 6-7 (Drayton), Steel MOB SMOB 7-6 (Brown), Team Huntley 6-7 (Huntley), Alpha Ice Breakers 7-6 (Hill), 10 Yard Fight 6-7 (Murray), DMV Tax Evasion 4-9 (Eboweme), Frozen Sandz 5-8 (Pierce) and Team Wright 5-8 (Wright).
The league will be expanding to an 8 team / 2 conference format for the 2013 season. Expansion applications will be available in July 2013 with an anticipated draft date of August 15, 2013.
Mr. and Mrs. LaVorn Tremayne Pierce
15 years ago LaVorn met Tiffane at Refuge Temple Church and 15 years later on December 22, 2012 right back at Refuge Temple Church in Temple Hills, Maryland in front of close family and friends, they solitified their union. The groom was quoted as saying, "the woman of my dreams and I jumped the broom." Trey and Tiffane the entire Brothehood of Alpha wish you longivity and much success.
Alpha Week 2012: A HUGE Success
December 10, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC: Alpha’s across Washington, DC celebrated the 106 Anniversary of our Fraternity's founding. Omicron Eta Lambda was no different, the celebrated with a week packed full of activities, service, spiritual and of course social. The week started off with the Annual MAAC Founders day breakfast were brothers from the District came together in New Carrllton, Maryland to celebrate the hard and courageous work of our jewels and it ended on Saturday Night as Brother Amos Street opened up his home for a Birthday Celebration for one of our Charter brothers, Brother Ryle Bell. And we cannot forget The Wizards defeating The Miami Heat at our Annual brothers at The Phone Booth event on December 4th... Needless to say the Black and Old Gold brought some Alpha luck to the Verizon Center on that Night. A huge Thank You , is in order for Brother Thomas Davis who took on the task of coordinating Alpha Week 2012... he says, 'he looks forward to bigger and better things in 2013." Alpha Week 2013 is set for December 1-7, 2013.
October 19, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC: Alpha’s across Washington, DC have kicked off their Holiday toy drives in advance of the 2012 Holiday Season.
Members of Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter are encouraging Brothers as well as the public to drop off new, unwrapped toys off on Friday November 16 in the parking lot of the Dental Building on the campus of Howard University [600 W Street, NW] starting at 6pm. In its inaugural year the campaign seeks collects hundreds of toys that will distributed to DC Child and Family Services Agency.The Holiday Toy Alpha Train is scheduled to make a delivery to DC Child and Family Services Agency on December 15 [Time TBA] The agency will use the donations to stock its Toy baskets, where parents and foster parents can select items for their children. You too can help, join The Alpha's this year by bringing joy into the lives of The District's deserving children. Should you have any questions or need to make other arrangements to have your toy(s) received please contact Brother Thomas Davis.
OHL teams up with Xi Omega for SOME
October 7, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC: Omicron Eta Lambda has teamed up with the Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority here in Washingotn, DC to participate in the 1,906 Food Drive. The ladies of Xi Omega will hold their own Food Drive and together the two chapters will emerge on SOME (So Others Might Eat - 61 "O" Street, NW) on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:00pm to make the donation. SOME is an interfaith community based organization in Washington, DC that exist to help the poor and homeless. They meet the immediate needs of the people they serve with food, clothing and healthcare. OHL has been donating to SOME for over 5 years during Alpha Week; and have surpassed the goal of 1,906 each and every year; this year should be no less. Xi Omega will be accepting donations at both their November (3rd) and December (1st) chapter meetings while OHL will continue to have thier donation deadline at their November 16th meeting. This year we collected over 3,000 non-perishable food items to re-stock the food pantrys at SOME in efforts to help eradicate hunger in Washington, DC.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School receives school supplies for students
September 28, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC: Representatives of Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter presented more than $5,000 worth of school supplies to Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School to assist with back-to-school needs. The donation was to kick-off the chapters Onward and Upward program whose primary aims are to help males to develop assets necessary to make healthy life choices, set realistic goals, act with determination and ultimately build vibrant successful lives for themselves through direct contact and relationships with caring and positive adult role models. Asa Daniels, principal says, "Your commitment to helping our students achieve our vision to become a community of motivated, engaged and active learners is appreciated and always welcomed."
Presenting on behalf of the chapter were Thomas Davis, Supervisor of Community Outreach; and Bryan Hill, Director of Educational Activites.The donation of school supplies included such items as playground equipment, art supplies, loose-leaf paper, folders, spiral notebooks, and backpacks.