Splash Down: A hot air balloon event rewards students | New

VALDOSTA — The sudden downpour of rain only added to the fun, soak-filled family event that was Park Chase and Brittany Wood’s Great Water Balloon Fight.

Sponsored by Valdosta State University’s sociology club A Chance to Initiate Opportunities Now and hosted by Deep Release Poetry and Progressive Black Men, the party was the final payoff for participating children in educator Carlos Hundley’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention at Southside Library and an effort to encourage them to continue their education for the next school year.

David Johnathan “DJ” Davis, ACTION president and event organizer, said the program’s late-summer trip to Recoil Trampoline Park just wasn’t enough for him, especially in light of Hundley’s good report. on their progress.

“I went out, gave the kids a few bikes, lots of toys and a few electronics. These children work and many families here do not receive this kind of reward most of the time. So we wanted to find a way to give back and let them know that we appreciate them for all that they do and that we believe they will be a great person when they reach adulthood,” a- he declared.

While Davis wanted to make sure the kids had fun, he gave the adults a bit of a job: registering to vote.

“The general election is coming up, and now is the time for adults to take action and elect people who will serve communities like this. Park Chase alone has about 700 voters, so they could really make a difference.

This part of the event featured an appearance by District 8 State Representative nominee Darrius Butler, who approached a slew of Park Chase residents to encourage them to enroll or restore their active status.

“Working with Valdosta-Lowndes County Democrats and connecting with DJ is one of the best things I’ve had the opportunity to do. We met a few weeks ago, and instantly he was like, “Hey, you gotta come to our communities.” So, now we came here to the apartment complex and wanted to make sure we updated people’s information so they had no problem getting their ballots. We even went ahead and asked some people to request their absentee ballot,” he said.

“We work hard to make sure every vote is cast and counted. I really care about what’s going on in this area, in Central and South Georgia. It’s my house; I’m from Pulaski County, Hawkinsville, Georgia. Because at the end of the day a lot of resources have stopped in Macon and I want to be elected so that we can bring those resources to those communities.

As for Hundley’s ending, he said he plans to resume his free homework help program on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Willis L. Miller Public Library from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to keep the momentum going. students.

For more information and updates, contact Hundley at (229) 262-9982.