Thursday, October 13, 2005


Back-to-School Celebration

Marshall County Project Homestead’s task force recently held its first Fathers and Friends Back to School celebration at Coopwood Park. The focus of this event was to promote positive parental and child involvement. “We also hoped to encourage more father/child, particularly with male children, involvement,” said Amy Brassell, Project Homestead coordinator. “This event was a success because of all the help we received from the citizens, agencies and volunteers prior to the program.”

The day-long event was packed with fun, food and games for all ages. Mayor Andre’ DeBerry, Warden Lepher Jenkins, and Rust College social work instructor Taylor McGlawn, participated in the dunk booth. Risque’ Business performed several skits for the audience explaining why children shouldn’t bully or smoke; and why each should embrace the qualities that make each one different.

Officer Grant Glover with the Holly Springs Police Department gave the kids a thrill by flashing the lights, talking on the radio and showing them what it is like inside a patrol car.

Project Homestead task force thanks each agency for being a vital part of their success. “We appreciated all the donations, participation, support, and volunteers,” said Brassell.

Special thanks and recognition to the following agencies that supported this event:

Alliance HealthCare sponsored the moonwalk and Cockrell Family Medicine sponsored the waterslide; Liddy’s Pharmacy, Tyson’s Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Piggly Wiggly, Carlisle’s Big Star, ICS Headstart, Brittenum Funeral Home, Domestic Violence Project, MCCDC, Johnny McDonald, Ameri-Corps, St. Francis Behavioral Health, Dr. A. J. Stovall, Rust College Families First Resource Center, Marshall County Adolescent Offender Program, Rust College Service Learning Program, Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, Holly Springs School District, Holly Springs Police Department, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and Family & Children Services, Catholic Social Services.

The next meeting for the Marshall County Project Homestead is October 18, 11 a.m. at the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) building. For more information on how you can become a member of Project Homestead, contact Brassell at (662) 551-2229.

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