Southeast Sororities Hosting ‘Princess for a Day’ Program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 20, 2003 —  The women of Junior Panhellenic and Panhellenic, governing councils representing Southeast Missouri State University sororities, will host the Princess for a Day program on Saturday, Nov. 22.

The Princess for a Day program is designed to build the self-esteem, confidence and ability to form friendships of girls ages 5-8.  Sorority women will serve as mentors (“Fairy Godmothers”) and assist the participants in learning basic etiquette, completing craft projects, and enjoying other activities that focus on social interaction and friendship building.  At the end of the program, the girls will attend the Princess Tea to practice their new skills, and each girl will be escorted on stage by her Fairy Godmother to be crowned a princess and have a commemorative photo taken.

Parents are invited to come early to attend the coronation, which will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Participants were referred through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Missouri and counselors at local elementary schools.

“Demand for the program was greater than anticipated,” said Katie Fink, program coordinator and Panhellenic vice president of recruitment elect. “We are expecting 50 young girls (ages 5-8) from the Cape Girardeau community to participate on Saturday. We had to turn some away due to staffing and funding.”

Junior Panhellenic and Panhellenic thank Chartwells Educational Dining Services, the University Center, and the women of Alpha Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta of Southeast Missouri State University for their donations that made the event possible.  They also thank the women of Phi Sigma Sigma at Quincy University for the idea that led to the creation of Princess for a Day.  The councils plan on making the program an annual service event.

For more information, please contact Gretchen Weber, assistant director for student involvement, at (573) 651-2280 or gweber@semo.edu.