Kids wrap up summer vacation with 'Back To School Bash'
As Dominique Ballard, 9, waited in line for her turn to use the moon bounce at Roosevelt Park in Arnold, she couldn't help but think ahead to the start of school next week.
“I'm going to be in fourth grade,” Ballard said in her tiny voice, as she soaked up the fleeting fun of summer. “I'm excited for school.
“Science is my favorite subject.”
Ballard was one of more than 150 children expected to attend Monday's “Back to School Bash,” which provided soon-to-be students with backpacks filled with supplies, free haircuts, food and fun.
“We're here for the less fortunate kids,” said Gerry Douglas, one of the event's organizers, as she and Cedric Knuckles helped register children for their free lunch. “We raised money all summer for this event.
“We're not connected to any group; we're just here for the kids who can't afford this stuff,” she said. “We'd like to do this every year.”
Sequit Smith, another event organizer, said one of the best parts of the bash was seeing how many people volunteered their time.
“They know how important the first day of school is,” she said. “These are people who care.
“It's great to see who has the heart big enough to come over and help out.”
Smith said the event was also taking donations for Maiyanna Clemons-McCarthy, a 3-year-old girl with a rare form of brain cancer.
“Anytime someone gets together in our community, we take care of everyone,” Smith said.
Wendy Douglas said she brought her children to the event just so they could have some fun before school starts.
“We already got backpacks and school supplies,” she said. “We're just here to enjoy the day.
“I think it's great what they're doing here. I know there are a lot of people in the community that need the help for the school year.”Claudette Manley said she volunteered to run the moon bounce just so she could see the smiles on the faces of the children.
“It's all about the kids,” she said as she helped usher the children from the line into the giant inflated playhouse. “Any happiness you can bring to a child is important.
“It's amazing how this was all put together.”
R.A. Monti is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mia Z (Zanotti) of Hyde Park advances on NBC’s ‘The Voice’
- South Buffalo family business decides not to rebuild after fire
- ‘Big Mo’ ranks with A-K’s gridiron greats
- Salt demand high in Alle-Kiski Valley
- Three escape North Apollo fire
- Bridge work to resume in Springdale
- Frazer supervisors amend maintenance code
- Fawn bridge replacement to delay traffic
- Leechburg man charged with molesting girls, watching child pornography
- Vermont Baptist Church warmly welcomed in New Kensington
- Vandergrift cuts back on park spending to fix pool leak